Climate Emergency Declarations

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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 LASER help?

LASER has 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.

LASER 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.

If you have any questions regarding LASER's Carbon Descent Plan, please complete the short survey and a member of the team will get back to you. Click here to complete the survey.


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