COP26 gives voice to council’s net zero aim
Councillor Mike Adams, Nottinghamshire County Council's Environment Ambassador
I’m sure you’ve heard about COP26 taking place in Glasgow right now – there has been a huge buzz and lots of media activity about the two-week international conference.
This massive set of global negotiations gives us the opportunity to highlight what we are doing in Nottinghamshire to mitigate climate change and I am delighted to do this as the council’s newly appointed and first Environment Ambassador.
One of the first actions of our new administration in May was to declare a climate emergency and commit our council to becoming carbon neutral in all our activities by 2030.
We were already working towards carbon neutrality in our buildings, but the climate emergency declaration provided a clear signal of our commitment to Nottinghamshire’s environment.
And we’ve made some great progress; the council has commissioned a new greenhouse gas report to pinpoint where carbon emissions are greatest across its buildings and services.
Once the report is complete, a targeted plan will be put in place to reduce these emissions.
More is on the way too; we are also planning to change the council’s energy supply to a green tariff thereby using exclusively renewables as an energy source and avoiding fossil fuels.
I am particularly excited about our ‘Trees for Climate’ project which will see us working with Greenwood Community Forest to create at least 250 hectares of new woodlands across the county in the next five years.
We are highlighting all the council’s green projects and achievements on our social media feeds throughout COP26, so check it out and give us a like and a retweet.
I’m also delighted to be opening our COP26 Regional Roadshow East Midlands on Thursday 11 November which will focus on ‘Climate, Innovation & Investment.’
This online event will feature organisations across the East Midlands explaining what they are doing to drive forward UK net zero and climate ambitions.
You can register on Eventbrite for free for this event and I’d urge you to find the advert, sign up and attend.
All this exciting activity isn’t just for COP26 - it is very much a long-term project to meet our pledge to become a carbon neutral council by 2030 and for our future net zero commitments.
As a council we are serious about mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change and I am serious about it as a Dad of two who wants his children to grow up in a cleaner and greener world.