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We have a continuing commitment to the environment through the authority’s environment strategy. This strategy coordinates the Council’s overall approach to environmental management, while recognising that there are a number of other strategies and plans that deliver aspects of our environmental duties, responsibilities and commitments.
The strategy covers both the Council’s own operations and also where it has control and influence within the county of Leicestershire.
We will minimise the environmental impacts of its own activities and will contribute to the improvement of the wider environment through local action. We will continue to play a significant role in protecting and enhancing the environment of Leicestershire, meeting the challenges and opportunities of climate change, and seeking to embed environmental sustainability into both social and economic development in the county
Aims and Objectives
The strategy’s aims and objectives are set out on pages 18-22 of the document, which can be downloaded below.
Implementation of the strategy is overseen by the Environment strategy delivery board. The Council’s environmental management system is the key tool used to support and manage this process and to measure progress (see next section).
The Council’s environmental management system (EMS) has been designed to ensure that all activities, services and policies of the Council conform to the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management system standard.
The scope of the Council’s environmental management system
The processes and procedures in the EMS apply to all significant environmental aspects arising from the functions of the Council. These include:
those aspects relating to direct impacts of activities which could, if not managed, risk breaching environmental legislation or compromise the Council’s environment strategy aims and objectives (such as oil storage, use of pesticides, energy and water use);
those impacts of, or on, the community which the Council has a statutory duty to control or influence, or that are related to an environment strategy aim or objective (such as household waste disposal, business trading regulation, flooding and emergency management);
indirect impacts of suppliers and contractors;
external environmental issues that affect or may affect the ability of the Council to perform its functions (such as climate change and extreme weather events).
Greenhouse gas report
All local authorities need to report on greenhouse gas emissions from their own estates and operations and publish the information online.