Oxfordshire County Council’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2030

Some extracts from an Oxfordshire County Council press release, dated 19 September 2019 (the day before the international Children’s Friday climate strike).
See bit.ly/2nWmHee for the full statement.

As pupils protest about climate change, Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has been working on a new action plan to accelerate its programme to become carbon neutral by 2030.

“The council has already delivered an average 6% per year reduction in carbon emissions since 2011 – double its target – but is determined to do more. Oxfordshire County Council is delivering a series of ‘green’ initiatives, including helping install more solar panels on schools.”

Councillor Yvonne Constance (OCC cabinet member for the environment) said: “We have set ourselves ambitious but achievable targets. … Since school students are at the forefront of this campaign, it is right that we are working with schools to help them reduce their emissions.”

“Oxfordshire County Council is proud to be at the forefront of many ‘green’ initiatives, from the 20 Solar Schools to better waste management, and working in partnership with residents and volunteers as a thriving community. But we’re not complacent, and we recognise the challenge everyone faces to reduce waste, and prevent global temperatures rising.”“As part of its ‘big switch’, the council is committed to replacing streetlights with low-energy lighting over the next four years. This will reduce Oxfordshire’s greenhouse emissions from streetlighting by 70%.”

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