Climate Change and Sustainability Agenda – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council

On 8 and 22 March 2022 respectively, Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet will consider recommendations set out in two reports to approve a Climate Change Action Plan 2022-25, in addition to a Sustainable Procurement Charter; both integral to MVDC’s wider commitment to achieving carbon neutrality.

Having declared a climate emergency in 2019, MVDC continues to work towards making not only its, but its contractors’, operations carbon neutral. The Cabinet will be asked to approve a Climate Change Action Plan for 2022-25 and note the progress of work carried out, and delivery of, a number of green initiatives during January to December 2021, set out in MVDC’s Annual Climate Change update report.

2021 saw work continue apace to reduce MVDC’s carbon footprint, in addition to inspiring positive change across the district. Some of the highlights included: a £468,000 Government Grant to install Air Source Heat Pumps and LED lighting in Pippbrook and Dorking Halls; launching the Mole Valley Community Lottery and its Environment Fund; taking a stand against the extraction of fossil fuels in the district and; by joining the UK100, pledging to accelerate the delivery of its climate change agenda.

MVDC’s Climate Change Action Plan 2022-25 outlines a new target to reduce its carbon footprint by 2,500 tonnes by 2025, with progress reported every March during this three year period. Some of the measures include: exploring the installation of solar PV car ports and additional solar roof top arrays; moving to a fleet of electric council-owned vehicles; continuing to work with contractors to implement carbon reduction measures and; reducing carbon dioxide levels by planting new trees on MVDC land.

MVDC is working with its supply chain – and therefore including emissions not within its direct control – to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. If implemented, the Sustainability Procurement Charter would play a part in determining which suppliers MVDC works with. As part of future procurement processes, suppliers would need to demonstrate how they are working to reduce their carbon emissions.   

Councillor Claire Malcomson, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “We have made, and continue to plan for, huge strides in our ongoing work to reduce our carbon footprint and to inspire wider greener changes for the benefit of our beautiful district and everyone who lives and works here. I am very proud of what we have achieved so far and excited for what more we can do. Our ambition knows no bounds so expect to see much more from us as a council over the period of our Action Plan and beyond.”

 

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