Our Commitments

The Council has committed to several actions to work towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. There is a mix of short-term and medium targets which are defined below.

Short- Term:

  • Launch and publicise an online Ideas forum for residents to submit their ideas for consideration on how the Council can tackle climate change.
  • Develop a Supplementary Planning Document for the Natural Environment.
  • Conduct a review of the management and use of pesticides and the grass cutting schedules of our own open spaces.
  • Develop a parks and Open Spaces Eco Plan to reduce adverse environmental impacts and increase biodiversity and request East Cambs Trading Company.
  • Promote tree schemes by the Woodland Trust and other organisations to encourage tree planting throughout the district.

Medium Term:

  • Assess the feasibility and capability assessment of new carbon emission free vehicles available on the market when any Council owned vehicle comes to its end of life.
  • Develop a costed Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan by April 2020, as part of this work the following will be considered and explored:
  1. Measures in conjunction with the Combined Authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, other organisations and customers.
  2. Pre- application planning fee incentives/discounts for schemes using eco-friendly building methods, heating and cooling systems and green energy schemes.
  3. Incentives/discounts on taxi licence fees for ultra-low or zero emission vehicles at renewal.
  4. Installing more electric charging points in Council car parks.
  5. Installing additional refill stations on Council premises.
  • Develop a communications plan to change the culture of the Council to one of “Think Zero”.