THE Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals to help tackle the climate emergency it declared in 2019.
Two years ago the council joined Welsh Government and other local authorities across the UK in announcing a commitment to addressing climate change.
Work has included improvements to recycling arrangements, more energy efficient council builds, and encouraging active travel.
Recently, the Climate Change Challenge Plan – which sets out the organisation’s response to a number of environmental issues -was endorsed and will now be considered at a full Council meeting later this month.
The plan has been updated after a consulation with the public and partner organisations.
It describes the positive changes that can be made in areas such as:
The play is part of Project Zero, the Council’s blueprint to become carbon neutral by 2030.
New school buildings are also being designed with the goal of reducing or eliminating carbon emissions and Llancarfan Primary School, in Barry, is on course to be Wales’ first net zero carbon school (in operation).
Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Neil Moore, said: “Since declaring a climate emergency, the Council has made a variety of changes to the way in which it operates in order to become greener.
“However, it is clear that to achieve our ambitious target of net-zero emissions by 2030, we need to go further still.
“The Climate Change Challenge Plan not only sets out the Authority’s route forwards, but also recognises our responsibility to the wider community.
“As an organisation, we must lead by example, supporting our partners and residents to make meaningful changes.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation on our plan and I look forward to continuing the dialogue as we all work together to take steps to reduce our negative impact on the environment.”