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Norfolk County Council reveals 'net zero carbon by 2030' aim




Proposals which could see Norfolk County Council commit itself to a net zero carbon emission target by 2030 will be debated next week.

The idea is part of a new environmental policy plan, drawn up by a working party, which will be debated by the authority’s infrastructure and development select committee on Wednesday.

The plan, if passed, would commit the council to “work with our neighbours within the region to collectively achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions on our estates by 2030.”

Norfolk County Council's headquarters, where calls for DIY waste recycling charges to be scrapped are set to be debated next week (3090376)
Norfolk County Council's headquarters, where calls for DIY waste recycling charges to be scrapped are set to be debated next week (3090376)

It also calls for the authority to work towards carbon neutrality more widely by the same date.

Committee chairman Barry Stone said: “We are living with climate change and I’m keen to see the authority on the right track to reducing the environmental impact of the essential services we run.

“We need to focus on the things we have influence over to ensure improvements are within our gift.

“I believe the ambitious 2030 net zero carbon emission target is the right way to go and would set us on a course well ahead of the government’s 2050 target.”

The policy has been drawn up following discussions with groups including Extinction Rebellion and the University of East Anglia.

Andy Grant, the authority’s cabinet member for environment and waste, said the paper was an important first step.

He added: “We want to take action as the need for us all to reduce our impact on the planet is not in doubt. I look forward to the county council working alongside partners across the county to bring about positive change.”

If the select committee approves the proposals, they will then go before the full council for a final decision when it meets on November 25.


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