Energy savings plan to be discussed at Cabinet meeting

02/05/2018, PR8791

​Ambitious plans to reduce Wakefield Council's carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050 are to be discussed by senior councillors next week.

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​Members of the Council's Cabinet will consider the proposal as part of the new Wakefield Energy Plan, which aims to both minimise the impact of a predicted rise in future energy costs and help protect the district's environment and residents from the potential impacts of climate change

At the meeting on Tuesday May 8, Cabinet members will hear an update on the Council's progress to support residents to improve their home energy efficiency and how it is helping to reduce fuel poverty in the district.

They will also be asked to approve a proposal for the Council to access Leeds City Council's 'White Rose Scheme'. It provides energy service tariffs for local residents so they can access cheaper fuel, helping to tackle fuel poverty.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

​Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "I look forward to discussing the proposals with Cabinet colleagues. We are committed to improving energy efficiency in our district. This has the potential to bring a range of benefits to our local community and the local economy including helping residents to save money on their energy services, reducing fuel poverty and help protect people's health during cold weather, including reducing winter deaths and the impact of cold-related illness."

A report says it is predicted that electricity bills will rise by around 30% by 2020. The Wakefield Energy Plan would help to reduce the Council's energy consumption and help to shield the Council from predicted rises and help to protect funding for other essential services, used by local residents.

Wakefield Council has signed up to the Clean Energy Pledge and is ambitious to be a clean energy district by 2050. This is part of a national strategy to achieve long term, clean, sustainable economic growth.

The Council is also taking a range of measures including tackling fuel poverty. Since April it has been piloting a new approach offering a comprehensive package of help including advice to better manage money and debt, help people access unclaimed benefits and get access to cheaper energy prices.

The report is being discussed at the meeting at Wakefield Town Hall at 10.30am on Tuesday May 8 at 10.30am. Watch live or later on the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

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