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Our position on climate change

In 2019 we declared a climate emergency, whereby we recognised the magnitude of the issue and, as a Local Authority, the role we must play in tackling climate change.

As a result, Priority 4 of our Corporate Strategy 2020-2024, sets out our ambition for our own operations and functions to be carbon neutral by 2030, and to promote sustainability within the borough, with the aim that the borough will be carbon neutral by 2050.

Current Projects and Actions

A Climate Change Working Group was formed between Councillors and officers and chaired by the Portfolio Holder for Climate, Access and Engagement, Cllr Freer. The group meet quarterly to discuss and progress the Councils climate agenda and projects.

Since 2019 we have been working on a series of projects to begin reducing our emissions and to understand our future aims and targets, these include:

  • Working with APSE Energy to produce a baseline study of the emissions generated by our own operations, which will inform the our reduction targets and action plan. 
  • Working in partnership with Leicestershire authorities to implement electrical vehicles charging hubs in council owned car parks
  • We have secured £340,000 in grant funding to improve the energy efficiency of our own housing stock through the government’s Green Homes Local Authority Delivery scheme
  • Alongside the grant funding we committed an additional £300,000 to ensure works can be undertaken on nearly 70 properties within the borough, to either increase the external insulation of properties or fit Solar PV panels
  • We have changed some of our in-house operations to reduce the amount of waste is produced, especially paper waste.

Next steps

Over the next few months and in 2022, our intention is to begin consulting and collaborating with local stakeholders and climate change partnerships to expand the number of projects we are working on and understand what expertise is available. We will also be consulting local residents to understand their views on our climate change agenda and where their priorities lie for the future.

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch with us about any climate change projects or have any specific questions on this subject, then please feel free to email us at

Last updated 7 January 2022
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