Climate change is one of the most urgent issues to this day. Several recent studies show that acting quickly and decisively to address this challenge and shift our economy to clean energy will bring significant benefits.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is part of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) which consists of all 10 districts and the county council, plus the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Climate Strategy: Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) is a strategic group which acts as the lead partnership organisation for partners to collaborate and identify joint work programmes on environmental, climate change and wider sustainability issues.
LEP’s Green Growth Strategy Report
Hertfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has its own clean growth report. Download it here.
Climate Strategy: Welwyn Hatfield
The Council declared a climate change emergency in 2019 and set itself five ambitious objectives:
- To reduce carbon emissions from our own estate and operations to net zero by 2030, or a justification for a later date if the review finds this unachievable.
- To comply with statutory obligations to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- To work with, support, encourage and engage residents, communities, businesses and other partners in initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.
- To embed climate change mitigation and adaptation into our plans, strategies and policies.
- To reduce carbon emissions across the borough by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy, sustainable transport and behavioural change.
The Council will use the Climate Change Officer Group and Climate Change Member Group to monitor and deliver actions.
The Council will:
- Monitor the objective to be zero net carbon by 2030 by aiming for an average reduction of 250 tonnes (10%) per year, although this may vary on a year-by-year basis.
- Use the Climate Change Officer Group and Climate Change Member Group to monitor and deliver actions.
- Engage with the community on climate change issues.
- Maintain an up-to-date understanding of international and national agreements, plans, strategies and other climate change information.
- Use annual BEIS data to identify whether the borough has reduced its carbon emissions.
- Carry out an annual appraisal of its own carbon emissions to check whether they have reduced and regularly audit this process to ensure we are using the correct data and methodology.
The Council will also monitor
- The rates of recycling achieved in fortnightly waste collections.
- The use of energy and water in our own buildings.
- The use of energy and water in council houses.
- The use of paper and printing in our own buildings.
- The hectarage of woodland and the number of street trees it plants and fells.
- The borough’s biodiversity baseline.
- The success of the Environment Bill’s biodiversity net gain policy once it is enacted.
Resources to help SMEs reduce their carbon footprint
Hertfordshire Growth Hub Marketplace and Knowledge Bank have a range of resources to support businesses in reducing their carbon footprint. You can also find out more about the grant schemes and free skills training available here.