Lincolnshire County Council plans to drastically reduce its carbon emissions
Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) says is to set in motion plans to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 95 per cent over the next 30 years.
The authority’s full council will on Wednesday examine initial evidence on the potential solutions to tackle climate change after a motion in May committed to make its activities carbon neutral by 2050.
The council will next year produce a detailed ‘Green Masterplan’ on how it will achieve its aim, along with boosting biodiversity and nature.
LCC officers have suggested six initial projects focusing on de-carbonisation of transport, property improvements, energy usage and involving the authority in the generation of energy.
However, officers will also say that five Government policies will already affect LCC’s emission levels by around 88 per cent.
These include improvements to energy efficiency, changes to its vehicles, including HGVs, to be low carbon and a restriction of new builds being connected to natural gas grids after 2025.
The authority has already reduced its CO2 usage by 40 per cent between 2008-18 and a further 20 per cent already in 2019. If the council carried on with business as usual, it would remain reduced by 44 per cent, having decreased from 22,526tCO2e to 12,510tCO2e.
However, it indicates, if it moves ahead with both Government policy and its own projects, the figure could reduce to 1,098tCO2e by 2050 – a decrease of more than 95 per cent.
According to data in the report this will put it in the lower half of the United Nation’s Paris Agreement targets, which aim to cut global warming to between 2C and 1.5C.
Officers note that the authority already helping a number of district authorities to “understand their own carbon baseline and activities that will help reduce emissions” as well as work proactively with Government departments.
In May, county councillors rejected a call to declare a climate emergency, but made a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
Extinction Rebellion campaigners at the time said the move was “not good enough”.
More by this authorDaniel Jaines, Local Democracy Reporter