Climate Emergency Declarations

The Government has committed the UK to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read below how we can help your organisation achieve its net zero carbon targets.

Posted on Sep 12, 2019

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The Government has committed the UK to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and pressure has been building in recent times lead by the public and subsequently furthered by the opposition, other political parties and interest groups (such as Extinction Rebellion). Consequently, a significant number of councils have declared climate emergencies and in many cases setting targets to achieve net zero emissions.

Information about the planned activities to meet targets are mixed, with some councils clearly taking large scale action towards developing new renewables while others have a clear target but little detail on how they’ll get there.

Despite the relatively long-term timescales, these declarations give councils a mandate to take positive action to address the issue and councils will need to start formulating detailed plans and taking steps towards these targets imminently. If action isn’t taken now, councils could face substantial political pressure in the short term and potentially not meeting their self-imposed targets in the longer term. Not only that, but according to Energy Live News, Environmental law firm ClientEarth is now threatening 100 councils across England with legal action if they do not provide adequate evidence of planning to meet their carbon reduction targets.

How can we help?

We have extensive experience in assisting our wide public sector customer base to reduce, monitor and report on their ongoing consumption of energy and related carbon emissions. This experience ideally positions us to guide you through the process and assist you in both preparing and implementing a response to your organisation's climate emergency declaration.

We can assist in cutting emissions through energy efficiency (such as our LED framework or Lot 2 additional services framework), and through procuring renewable energy in a range of ‘shades of green’ methods, from a simple REGO backed tariff, to investment in new renewable generation and associated Power Purchase Agreements.

The steps below outline our recommended process to progress towards achieving your targets:

Footprint evaluation & forecast - Define, scope and quantify current emissions and forecast a future trajectory.

Options appraisal - Present the options to bridge the gap between the current trajectory and the Climate Emergency target.

Carbon Descent Plan (CDP) - Select options through which the target could be achieved and formulate a CDP.

Implementation of CDP - Manage or support delivery of the Carbon Descent Plan.

CDP progress monitoring - Provide an annual footprint and report of the progress.

Have you declared your climate emergency and are wondering what to do next?

We are here to help you and your organisation and have created a suite of zero carbon services to help you not only review where you currently are but can help identify the steps towards action, with support from us along the whole project.

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