Council supports Climate Action Day

Wakefield Council is joining with millions around the UK to support Climate Action Day on Saturday 30th November.

We are supporting the planting of about one hectare of Council-owned land at Shaw Cross with up to 2,000 trees which are being provided by the local volunteer group Wakefield Tree Wardens and The Woodland Trust.

Trees are an efficient method of absorbing the gas carbon dioxide which leads to global warming.

All native trees including, oak, hawthorn, blackthorn, rowan, field maple, birch and wild cherry are being planted and members of the public are invited to join the team starting at 10am.

Council officers, the Rotary Club and Tree Wardens will be on hand to help guide the public in correct planting techniques.

Earlier this year, the Council declared a Climate Emergency and made a pledge to become a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030 – that’s 20 years ahead of the national target.

The Council has already made good progress, with a 68% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 to 2018/19 and is developing a comprehensive action plan to meet its target.

Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Taking urgent climate action is a priority for the Council. We started ‘at home’ to reduce our carbon footprint and we have support in place to help residents make their homes energy efficient. We are also now in the process of installing free-to-use electric car charging points across the district.

“We welcome this latest opportunity to work with the Tree Wardens and The Woodland Trust to continue to plant carbon sinks on Council-owned lands.”

In December Full Council will be receiving an update on the Climate Change Emergency Action Plan which shows progress to date and moving forward there will be six-monthly updates.

Work so far has included reducing the carbon footprint in Council-owned buildings and installation of rapid electric vehicle charging points.

Planning is also underway to upgrade all street lights to energy-saving LED lights and install a new control system which is expected to save 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and achieve a 65% reduction in energy used.

In February the Council will be engaging partners and the public to look at ways to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions across the district.

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