The council’s environmental policy will play a key role in working towards sustainable development because the health and well-being of our environment is crucial for providing us all with a good quality of life, both today and for years to come.
It is our policy to meet our national and international legislative obligations, to develop local sustainable communities, enhance the local environment, deliver environmentally-friendly services and enforce environmental legislation to help stem the depletion of finite natural resources.
We are committed to preventing pollution of the environment through compliance with legislation and the continual improvement of environmental performance. We will also monitor our resource use, by:
- increasing energy efficiency in council-owned property
- promotion of domestic energy efficiency
- reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill
- increasing recycling opportunities
- reducing consumption of paper in council activities
- reducing consumption in fuel in council operations
- reducing CO2 emissions from council operations to achieve net zero by 2030
- reducing per capita carbon emissions, until becoming carbon-neutral by 2050
- preventing groundwater pollution and contamination of land
- protecting and enhancing of habitat and biodiversity
- enhancing of the quality of the built environment
- environmental considerations laid out within the procurement strategy.