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Strategy and Policy

We have announced details of our ambitious plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. Our Carbon Management Strategy has a number of actions to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough and help us tackle climate change.

In November 2019, Gedling Borough Council declared a climate emergency and made a pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Our strategy details just how this will be done. The plan has six key areas where we believe we can do something to reduce emissions levels. Those key areas are in home building, transport, energy generation, behavioural change, waste reduction and recycling and improving infrastructure to offset carbon.

Within the strategy, there are over 100 actions that the council will aim to achieve over the next few years. Some of the proposals to reduce emissions include:

  • Work with housing developers to achieve sustainable constructions
  • Increase electric vehicles used by the council and encourage more people to reduce journeys in cars and use bio-gas public transport
  • Promote environmentally sustainable behaviour borough wide
  • Increase recycling and reduce waste going to landfill
  • Plant more trees and create a Green Lung extension to Gedling Country Park

We have already carried out a number of things to help reduce our carbon footprint, this includes

  • Installed LED lighting and energy efficient windows in the civic centre
  • Installed 15 EV charging points across the borough with more planned
  • Installed solar panels at several council owned buildings
  • Created a solar park at Gedling Country Park that provides renewable energy to over 1,500 properties
  • Planted over 1,000 new trees across the borough last year and plans are in place for over 1,000 more including a new memorial woodland
  • Created pollination zones to encourage bio-diversity and banned the use of glyphosate in our parks
  • Run the eco-stars fleet scheme, which aims to reduce vehicle pollution.
  • We became a Plastic Clever Council and removed single use plastics from several council owned sites.

A copy of the Carbon Management Strategy draft document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.