Since declaring a climate emergency in September 2019, Hertsmere Borough Council has embedded key principles into all aspects of the functioning and development of the borough.
By Qasim Akhtar
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said, “We must all do our part in the fight against climate change and the scale of our ambitions must reflect the scale of the challenge. Our Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan sets out to deliver meaningful action on climate change in the coming years.”
The ambitious objective is for the council to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, achieved through a range of measures – everything from reducing consumption to buying local through to switching to renewable energy to enhancing our greenbelts and open spaces.
Development is a key part of the strategy. An Interim Planning Position Statement on Climate Change is steering the borough towards sustainable development that puts people and the environment at the heart. The council is working to implement the highest standards of climate change and sustainability policies through its Local Plan – Hertsmere’s blueprint for development.
At the heart of it all, the aim is to make life-improving changes.
The council is working in partnership with the National Energy Foundation and Three Rivers District Council to fund improvements to some of the least energy efficient homes, and most at risk of fuel poverty, through the Green Homes Grant.
They are also actively engaging with local businesses to promote the Low Carbon Workspaces grant to help businesses make energy-efficiency improvements; encouraging businesses to sign up to the Refill Scheme to help reduce single use plastic in towns; and to participate in a cycle hire scheme to create a cleaner, greener, and healthier Hertsmere.
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