An ambitious strategy aiming to make Kent carbon neutral by 2050 has been agreed by Kent County Council. The Kent and Medway Energy and
An ambitious strategy aiming to make Kent carbon neutral by 2050 has been agreed by Kent County Council. The Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy sets out key actions: eliminating poor air quality, reducing fuel poverty and delivering an affordable, clean and secure energy supply for Kent and Medway. As such, priorities in the strategy seek to ensure that future growth in planning and development demonstrably helps the county mitigate climate change. This includes tackling poor air quality; reducing carbon emissions; and ensuring a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply, alongside supporting electric vehicles and promoting walking, cycling and public transport.
KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “This strategy gives us a big ambition for the county – a single, simple goal – to ensure that every resident, neighbourhood and business in the county takes some simple steps to care for this beautiful, productive, yet fragile part of the world. This isn’t a vague aspiration, it’s a plan of what we want to do and is separate to KCC’s own estate and operations where our plans are to be at net zero carbon by 2030. There is huge pressure for growth in our county and we need to find new ways to ensure it is good growth, protecting our environment, our economy and our health.”
Since 2010, Kent County Council has been actively reducing the emissions of its own estate. Over the last 10 years KCC’s own emissions have been reduced by 49%. This has been achieved by halving the emissions from KCC-owned vehicles, upgrading to LED streetlights, lowering business travel and making KCC buildings more energy efficient.
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