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Tewkesbury confirms 2030 carbon neutral plan

Tewkesbury Borough Council has produced a 10-year action plan with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Backed by the full council, the plan reviews the council's energy consumption across the council's public buildings including the Public Services Centre and Roses Theatre.

The plan assesses the carbon footprint associated with office waste produced by the council and the impacts of transport used by staff and councillors.

The council sought specialist advice from independent consultant Mike Brain to help identify its baseline carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: "Commissioning a specialist consultant to assist us in shaping up how we can deliver on the mandate set out in our climate change emergency has been incredibly valuable.

"Our carbon reduction strategy and action plan sets out the practical measures we can implement to meet our objectives, including how we can significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with heating our buildings.

"I have no doubt we will meet our target to be responsible for the council's own energy-consumption by 2030."

Independent charity and not-for-profit agency Severn Wye Energy carried out energy assessments of the Public Services Centre and the Roses Theatre.

Severn Wye, whose Target 2030 programme provides a free energy efficiency service to Gloucestershire SMEs, is providing free technical expertise to the council and tenants of the Public Services Centre.

James Clarke from Severn Wye said: "As local organisations begin to act on their climate commitments, we expect to see demand for energy assessments increase.

"Working alongside Tewkesbury Borough Council on their climate programme is a great opportunity for our energy advisors to be ambitious and creative in cutting carbon emissions."

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