What's happening on our journey to net zero?
Many organisations and groups are on the journey to net zero but what does this mean and how are things going for West Berkshire?
Last week at the Councils Executive meeting, an annual progress report was presented that helped to answer these questions. It highlights the 25% reduction in Council carbon emissions over the last two years and provides information about actions and projects from across West Berkshire focused on delivering our Environment Strategy.
The report highlights some brilliant projects from local communities and partners working with us. Read about the 'Hickson Hedgerows' project in Great Shefford and how the local wildlife trust has been improving access to some of our valuable open spaces where residents can enjoy our rich, local wildlife.
There are case studies which include the Schools Streets project in Calcot, flood alleviation schemes in Thatcham, and carbon neutral road surfacing schemes in Beedon, Burghfield and Thatcham. Afor the last year providing highlights of actions and achievements gives a good overview and there is a 'you asked, we did' section showing how we have been able to respond positively to suggestions from residents on the subject of active travel.
As we, communities, businesses and residents in West Berkshire continue on this journey to net zero we are aware of the significant challenges and are looking ahead to what the next year will bring. We have the start of our new separate food waste collections, the development of a new Local Transport Plan, and further progress on our solar farm project. Much more is planned and we hope to include further details in future progress reports and through our monthly Environment Newsletters in order to inspire others on their journey to net zero.
Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for Environment and Waste at West Berkshire Council, said:
"In these challenging times, reducing our carbon impact remains a priority. We will continue to be ambitious and innovative and work in new ways through creative partnerships. It is only by working together that we will see the progress needed to make real change."