Sefton Council has a target to reduce the CO2 emissions from its activities by 25% (8,927tonnes) from the 2009/10 baseline by 2016.
Sefton Council is firmly committed to reducing its environmental impact, resource use and operating costs. In 2006 we were the first Merseyside local authority to produce a Carbon Management Plan, bringing an identified 13.5% reduction in carbon emissions exceeding original targets.
Our carbon management plan has been re-developed by the Councils Carbon Management Project Team, which was established across all areas of the Council following a successful bid to be supported by the Carbon Trust to join its Alumni Programme. This was designed to assist previous carbon management local authorities develop a new 5 year CMP.
As Carbon Management Plan Alumni we have been able to build on the success of the past plan and create a plan based on the challenges the council now faces. With increasing energy and water costs and the introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC EES) in April 2010, now is the time to focus on reducing consumption to mitigate further financial burden.
Having a Carbon Management Plan in place defines the strategic and practical process the authority is taking to reduce its carbon emissions and meet the target set. This plan seeks to adopt a whole business approach, meaning that no individual department is wholly responsible, but the objectives of carbon reduction are imbedded across all of our activities.
The identification and quantification, along with the implementation and embedding is a fluid aspect of the plan, which will continue throughout the plans time span.
Benefits that having a Carbon Management Plan bring to our organisation:
- Reduced energy costs
- Reduced liability and greater accuracy for CRC reporting
- Sustainable and transparent working practices
- Greater responsibility and understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation
As part of the plan we have also adopted a range of policies and working practices that have enabled us to be a more sustainable authority. We have introduced through the plan policies relating to carbon management, which over the course of the next 5 years will complement the practical energy efficiencies being made through individual, specific projects.
The project team has senior level representation from Director’s and Service Head’s – and it is from this level that imbedding carbon management as a corporate strategy will be sought. Internal awareness and behavioural change across the organisation will be established by the inclusion of Carbon Management principals in all service plans. In addition our political champion Councillor Shaw will be able to report on the progress and success of the plan back to cabinet.