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Carbon reduction plans unveiled

05 January 2021

Wide-ranging plans to reduce the County Council’s carbon emissions from 11.6 million tonnes per year to zero by 2030 have been unveiled.

Tree planting, support for green transport and the use of the Burlingham Estate to demonstrate environmental good practice are among the measures being taken by Norfolk County Council.

Last year, the Council adopted an environment policy. An update report to the Council’s Cabinet reveals a series of measures are underway, including:

  • Plans to plant one million trees over five years, working with partners, communities and landowners
  • A £1.5m investment in active travel, including cycling and walking
  • Development of plans to demonstrate environmental best practice on the County Council’s Burlingham Estate
  • Work with Norwich City Council and UK Power Networks on on-street electric car charging points
  • Further work to install LED streetlights across Norfolk

Cabinet member for environment and waste, Councillor Andy Grant, said: “We’re pressing ahead on many different fronts to deliver our environmental policy and have made good progress over the last year since it was adopted.

“Putting the environment at the centre of our decision-making is vital to tackling the effects of climate change in Norfolk. This is what we need to do to achieve our aim of net zero carbon by 2030.”

The Council is also supporting development of a Norfolk and Suffolk 25-year Environment Plan to protect, conserve and enhance the region’s environment.

Cabinet will discuss the report when it meets at 10am on Tuesday, 12 January. Read the reports and view the meeting live – or a recording afterwards.

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