Ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions approved

Wychavon has pledged to put the environment at the heart of the district's covid-19 recovery, after approving ambitious plans to slash carbon emissions and grow the green economy

A new Wychavon Intelligently Green Plan was approved by Council on Wednesday (22 July) and builds on Wychavon's strong track record on tackling climate change over more than a decade.

Several targets are included in the plan. They are:

  • Reduce Wychavon's own carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 from 3,066 tonnes to 767 tonnes
  • Halve the district's carbon emissions by 2030 and get to net zero by 2050 at the latest
  • Double the size of Wychavon's low carbon economy by 2030
  • Triple renewable energy generation across the district by 2030
  • Capture at least 500 tonnes of co2 every year by 2025 through restoring, enhancing and creating a range of habitats across the district

The plan contains more than 50 actions covering everything from changing the way homes are heated and powered to encouraging more sustainable methods of travel. They include trialling the use of electric vehicles to collect rubbish and recycling, reducing household waste, creating ten hectares of new wetland to help capture carbon, changing policies in the SWDP to encourage development of new low carbon homes and retrofit schemes for existing properties.

More electric vehicle charging points, a bike hire scheme and working with taxi drivers to encourage the take up of electric vehicles are also part of the plan. Wychavon will also be investing £100,000 over four years to support the growth of the low carbon economy and support the creation of new 'green' jobs.

Wychavon is also joining ambitious leaders from other, mainly rural, councils by signing up to the Countryside Climate Network and the UK100. This pledges to make sure the district's towns and villages are powered by 100% clean energy by 2050.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment on Wychavon District Council, said: "This is an ambitious, but realistic plan, that builds on Wychavon's strong track record on tackling climate change. We cannot do this alone though and the support of our partners and communities will be crucial to bring about the change we need to protect our planet."

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, added: "Tackling climate change is not just a threat, it's also an opportunity. An opportunity to grow new sectors of our economy and create new jobs, which will be crucial as we begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Our new Intelligently Green Plan ensures that as we build back better, we will do so with the environment at the heart of our recovery."

The plan will be available to view in full at www.wychavon.gov.uk/intelligentlygreen

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