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Council-owned Norfolk companies could cut carbon emissions in environment net zero move

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Council-owned companies are being encouraged to reduce their carbon emissions, as part of the county council’s efforts to help Norfolk become carbon neutral.

Norse Group, Hethel Innovation Ltd, Repton Property Developments Ltd and Independence Matters are the focus of a report to the county council’s cabinet next month (May).

Councillor Greg Peck, cabinet member for commercial services and asset management, said: “The county council is making substantial progress towards net zero on its own estate – we’re now turning our attention to our wholly-owned companies, which together can help reduce the county’s carbon emissions significantly.

King's Court crane.
King's Court crane.

“This makes environmental sense and commercial sense. As the Government focuses on the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050, companies need to be ready to respond to legislation and business opportunities which call for carbon reduction measures.”

The report says: “While owned by the council, these are separate entities which means Norfolk County Council does not have direct control over their emissions. However, as the owner or major shareholder, the council can exert considerable influence to put in place carbon reduction targets and plans.”

Each company will be encouraged to set out carbon reduction targets, once it better understands its own carbon footprint.

King's Court crane.
King's Court crane.

If cabinet backs the proposal, there will be a follow-up report which outlines the progress of each company in establishing specific carbon reduction targets.

Cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 10am on Tuesday, 3rd May. Watch the meeting, live or afterwards and read the report here.

In January the borough council offices at Lynn's King’s Court, as part of a multi-million pound green grant funded project, had air source heat pumps fitted "to decarbonise the borough council building portfolio and operate more sustainably".

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