We recognise that climate change is occurring and will have far reaching effects on the UK's economy, society and environment. Each Peterborough city resident produces an average of 5.6 tonnes of CO2 every year. This has reduced from 8.1 tonnes of CO2 per capita in 2005. We are committed to reducing our CO2 emissions further and aim to reduce per capita CO2 emissions to 4.5 tonnes by 2020.
What we are doing
The council is committed to tackling climate change and we recognise that the policies and activities we undertake and promote have wide ranging climate change impacts. Practically, this means that we commit to continually monitoring and improving our carbon performance. We will comply with relevant legislation, policies and codes of practice and we will continually seek opportunities to achieve more in order to ensure that we lead by example.
Earlier this year Peterborough City Council declared a climate emergency and agreed to make the council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.
The motion, which was unanimously agreed by councillors, commits the council to achieving 100% clean energy across its buildings and services by 2030 and ensuring that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
The motion also recommended that the council works with partners, the private sector and young people, to develop even more ambitious plans and uses its significant influence locally and nationally to encourage others to do the same.
The council's scrutiny panels will consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing council policies and strategies.
A Citizens’ Assembly group will be set up to involve the wider population in this process. This group will look at how the council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030, consider the latest climate science and expert advice and consider the climate change impact of each area of the council’s activities.
A Climate Change Partnership group involving councillors, residents, young people, climate science and solutions experts, businesses, Citizens' Assembly representatives and other relevant parties, will also be established. This group will consider strategies and actions being developed by the council and other partner organisations and develop a strategy in line with a target of net zero emissions by 2030.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (or CRC Scheme) is designed to incentivise energy efficiency and cut CO2 emissions from participating organisations. Mandatory to those who meet the qualification criteria, this scheme requires organisations in both the public and private sector to monitor their energy use, report their energy supplies annually and buy allowances for every tonne of carbon they emit.
The council has participated in phase 1 of this scheme and is now undertaking phase 2 participation. Recently the government carried out consultation on reforming the CRC with effect from 2019/20, and has now concluded it will be replaced with a single tax and simplified energy and carbon reporting framework.
Local authority greenhouse gas emissions report (Former NI 185)
Local Authorities are asked to resume reporting of their emissions for the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Single Data List. There are no financial implications or targets associated with this report. Further detailed information can be found in the annual Greenhouse gas emissions report.
Council Energy Schemes
Please see below for more information about energy schemes available to Peterborough residents:
Please see our Environment Capital page for more information on our Environment Capital Campaign and Environment Action Plans.