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Climate change

Herefordshire Council has been tackling the challenges posed by climate change for many years with some significant success, and we have ambitious aims for the future.

Our achievements include:

  • The council’s carbon footprint has seen a reduction of 36.5% in emissions between 2008/09 and 2017/18 – this is the equivalent of 10 033 tonnes CO2
  • We believe Herefordshire was the first county in the UK to have 100% LED street lighting. Since 2011/12 there has been a 65% reduction in the electricity used for street lighting, from around 4.7 million kWh to an estimated level of 1.7 million kWh in 2018/19, saving an estimated £1.5 million between 2016/17 and 2020/21. The council has also installed LED lighting into offices and car parks to reduce emissions and costs
  • In 2013/14 the council was awarded government grant money for the installation of electric vehicle charge points in 11 locations across the county including Hereford city and all the market towns. Before these installations there were no publically available electric vehicle charge points in the county
  • In October 2018, the council purchased five new electric/petrol hybrid pool cars for staff to use for business travel. Their use will reduce the CO2 emissions and help reduce levels Nitrous Oxide (NOx) which will contribute to improved local air quality

Our aims:

  • The council is working to save more than £1.5 million over the period 2016/17 – 2020/21 through being more energy efficient
  • The council has committed to invest £2.1 million in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels across council buildings by 2021. In 2007, there was 67 kWp installed across the county. By the end of 2015, there was 928kWp. By the end of 2021, the aim is to have 2500kWp installed
  •  There is ongoing work to explore other renewable and low-carbon energy opportunities such as Heat Networks
  • In 2019 the council will add to the pool car resource with the purchase of five full electric vehicles, which will be made available for all staff to use for council business. This will be supported by Electric Vehicle Charge Point infrastructure in council offices and in market towns across the county
  • A target has been set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from the baseline (2008/09) by 2021

Some of the key documents that cover the many areas of impact for our continuing work on addressing climate change are:

  • Re-energising Herefordshire which focusses on the council’s ambition to demonstrate leadership and resourcefulness to meet the challenge of providing for the county’s energy needs in a sustainable way. It builds on the growing momentum of partnership working between public sector organisations, businesses, local communities and environmental groups
  • Carbon Management Plan 2 (2017) Herefordshire Council is one of the signatories of the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change and has historically been committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations, as well as mitigate and adapt to the impacts of adverse climate change. This document builds on and takes forward the plans in Carbon Management Plan 1 (2011). It provides information on past, present and planned events and guides the council towards a more sustainable approach in operations. Its main target is to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2021
  • Carbon Footprint (greenhouse gas) reporting The council compiles and submits an annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission assertion to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Electric car charging

There are points accessible to the public for electric car charging in eleven car parks in Herefordshire.