Zero Carbon Wakefield Council

On 23 May 2019 the Council declared a Climate Emergency and has pledged to become a Carbon Neutral organisation by 2030.

The UK's current target is to become Carbon Neutral by 2050 but Wakefield Council recognises the value to go both further and faster to respond to the threat of climate change.

In order to achieve the 2030 target the Council is developing an action plan and roadmap ready for launch in early 2020.

This action plan will build on the good progress already achieved through the Carbon Management Plan and more recently the Energy Plan that was approved by Cabinet last year. The Council has already achieved a 55% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 to 2017/18.

Some selected projects already being delivered or being developed include:

  • Building LED lighting upgrades at 15 Council sites have reduced carbon emissions by 141 tonnes CO2 per annum
  • Over 30 Council buildings have been assessed for solar photo voltaic (PV) systems and 8 systems will be installed over the next 12months helping to reduce carbon emissions by 250 tonnes CO2 per annum
  • The Council is exploring the potential to create 'Energy Parks', including solar energy generation and battery storage, on its land, which could make significant carbon emission savings of around 70%
  • The Council has appointed specialists to review its vehicle fleet, to look at new lower carbon emission technologies, such as for example hydrogen fuel for its larger vehicles and electric for smaller vehicles
  • A 3 year programme to upgrade 43,000 streetlights with low energy LEDs and a new control system will start soon and is predicted to reduce energy consumption by around 65% and carbon emissions by just over 4,000 tonnes CO2 per year

The Climate Emergency Declaration also includes a commitment to support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale. The potential for wider projects will be explored and this will build on the positive work the Council is already delivering through the current Energy Plan to support the area to reduce its carbon emissions. For example, over 8,500 local residents have been supported with over 11,000 improvement measures through the Council's ongoing home energy efficiency programme, which is helping to reduce domestic carbon emissions.

Future updates on progress with the Council's Climate Emergency work will be posted to this page.

For more information contact the Energy Team on 01924 305887 or email sustainability@wakefield.gov.uk.