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Getting the council to net zero

Herefordshire Council has committed to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

Carbon reduction plans for the next 10 years

To enable us to achieve net zero by 2030, we have created a new carbon management plan. This builds on the work of previous carbon management plans and aims for a 75% carbon reduction over the next five years.

View the Carbon Management Plan 2020/21 to 2025/26

Our carbon emissions come from a range of sources including council offices (4%), school transport (9%) and residential homes (1%).

A 2018/19 breakdown showed that our highest areas of emissions were:

  • Schools, including academies (36%)
  • Contractors' fleet (18%)
  • Leisure centres (14%)

Key factors in delivering our target will be:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Purchasing green energy to reduce emissions from our electricity usage

Carbon reduction in the last 10 years

We've made significant progress in reducing our carbon dioxide emissions so far. Between 2008/9 and 2019, we reduced our carbon footprint by 43% - equivalent to over 11,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

We achieved this through a number of different carbon reduction schemes including:

  • LED street lighting
  • Installation of solar panels on council buildings
  • Purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles

We report annually on our progress towards net zero. View the most recent greenhouse gas emissions report (2018/19).

Read more about our progress towards net zero.