THE GREEN light has been given to Warwickshire’s new energy strategy.
Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet has approved an action plan on how it will reduce, use, generate and measure its energy use.
Taking action to ensure Warwickshire has a sustainable future is a key strategic priority at WCC as it aims to reach the goal of becoming a net zero council by 2030.
And the new energy strategy and associated action plan will enable WCC to effectively address its energy needs by reducing consumption, optimising usage, and generating renewable energy.
The strategy primarily focuses on those property assets owned and occupied by the council, such as offices, libraries, children and family hubs, business centres, fire stations, maintained primary and secondary schools and country parks.
But the council will also be encouraging Warwickshire residents and businesses to reduce their energy use too.
WCC’s climate spokesperson Coun Heather Timms said: “The energy strategy has been informed by extensive engagement with stakeholders and acknowledges the scale of the challenge, recognising that establishing a low carbon estate will require significant financial investment.
“Our approach for sustainable energy management is not limited to the council alone, and as part of our ambition to lead the county to be net zero by 2030 or earlier, this strategy also extends its benefits by actively supporting Warwickshire residents and businesses in their pursuit of sustainable energy practices.
“In linking these three crucial elements—strategic priority, net zero objectives, and support for stakeholders—the energy strategy will pave the way to make Warwickshire sustainable now and for future generations.”
Following Cabinet’s approval, the energy strategy and supporting action plan will be formally published in August and reviewed after its first year in August 2024 and every three years thereafter.