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Wildflowers bloom under new ‘green’ plan

Strategy underlines commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030

Highway verge

Bringing in a new ‘green’ fleet of vehicles and changing the way we manage highway verges are just part of updated, ambitious plans aiming to cut carbon and help curb global warming. 

We are investing £16m in tackling climate change over the next four years and have published a refreshed strategy, underlining our commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Plans include replacing some diesel vehicles with eco-friendly versions, working with parish councils to encourage wildflowers to flourish on roadside verges, aiming to create a carbon-neutral industrial estate and offering biodiversity training. 

As a green council, we’re committed to thinking globally, but acting locally. We’ve seen real change already and initiatives such as LED street lights and solar panels have enabled us to cut our CO2 emissions by almost 70 per cent, reduce our wider greenhouse gas emissions by 64 per cent and halve the amount of office waste we produce. 

“Tackling climate change remains a main priority for the council. We have a long list of projects that we’ll continue to explore and take forward in order to face this challenge head on.

Steps already taken include:

  • building an award-winning business park which will reduce carbon emissions by around 79.4 tonnes in its first year – the equivalent of a car travelling 238,000 miles
  • working with Leicester City Council to launch Fosse Energy, offering low-cost, renewable energy 
  • installing solar panels across council and other public-sector buildings over the last 12 months - producing 2,700 megawatt hours of green electricity. The equivalent of powering 675 homes for a year
  • upgrading 68,000 street lights to LEDs as part of a £20 million investment programme – cutting carbon emissions by 79 per cent and electricity consumption by 65 per cent
  • signing the UK100 pledge, underlining our commitment to clean energy

The Environment Strategy will be discussed by cabinet on Tuesday, 28 April – watch the meeting online: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast

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