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Torridge publishes first annual carbon survey

Torridge District Council has published the first annual report on its Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan.

The document sets out a baseline carbon footprint for the Council and sets out practical ways in which it can be reduced.

Torridge District Council is one of 300 councils across the country to have declared a climate emergency in response to growing evidence of the impact of climate change on our environment, people and communities. In 2019, she signed the Devon Climate Emergency and agreed to support the county to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.

As part of this commitment, councilors have agreed to focus on reducing the council’s impact on the environment and have incorporated consideration of the environmental impact of their activities into their decisions and projects. Carbon emissions have already been reduced by over 16.3% across the council and the Carbon Management Program is updated and reviewed annually.

Last year the council completed the refurbishment of the Northam Burrows Visitor Centre, where materials from the old center were reused as much as possible. Other components have been upgraded to have better insulation properties to add to the overarching eco-friendly approach adopted for this project with significant annual carbon savings.

The council has also completed major refurbishments at its leisure facilities at Northam, Holsworthy and Torrington Pools, including heat recovery and air conditioning systems to replace old and less efficient equipment.

Recent actions build on the introduction of solar panels on municipal buildings, the installation of electric car charging stations throughout the district, the purchase of electric cars, the installation of solar parking meters and a change in ethos to implement a low-impact methodology whenever possible.

Torridge Borough Council’s lead member for climate change, Councilor Peter Hames, said: “Since publishing our Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan last year, we have completed a carbon audit of all Torridge buildings and operations. Based on this, we are now able to progress a number of projects , which will reduce the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions. We know we need to do more and this first revision of our plan gives the Council greater focus.”

The carbon management plan can be found on the council’s website here: https://www.torridge.gov.uk/carbonplan

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