A new environmental policy at Corby Council has been made official to mark World Environment Day.
The authority has signed off the council’s Clime Local Commitment and a new environmental police after it was agreed by the One Corby Policy Committee earlier on in the year.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year and aims to raise global awareness to a positive environmental attitude to protect nature and the Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The new policy is a one page statement which outlines the council’s commitment to reducing the effects of climate change and can be found on the council’s website at www.corby.gov.uk/site-page/sustainability.
Leader of Corby Borough Council Cllr Tom Beattie said: “The Climate Local Commitment and Environmental Policy is something that the council welcomes and we hope that this will further show our dedication towards protecting the environment.
“I hope the people of Corby will take the time to look over the policy and will continue to support the hard work towards reducing the effects of climate change.”
Commenting on Corby Borough Council signing up to the Climate Local Initiative, Cllr Mike Jones, Chair of the LGA’s Environment and Housing Board, said: “Local authorities have built up a wealth of experience and expertise at combating the challenges brought by a changing climate and these differ throughout the country. This is why it is key that local authorities are given maximum flexibility to develop their own ideas and strategies.
“We are pleased Corby Borough Council has signed up to the Climate Local initiative.”
There are 6 improvement priorities detailed in the policy on which the council’s performance will be monitored and reported on, and the policy will be reviewed annually.
The 6 priorities are to:
1. Reduce the area’s contribution to climate change in line with the national target to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 with intermediate targets of 34 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2027
2.Improve Corby’s use of resources and encourage waste minimisation, increase re-use and recycling/composting, in line with the EU Waste Framework Directive, with the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership target of recycling 50 per cent of waste from households by 2020
3. Encourage low carbon transportation alternatives
4. Protect and enhance our local biodiversity and open spaces
5. Reduce the negative environmental impacts of all new developments and growth programmes and encourage new sustainable ways of living, working and travelling
6. Reduce harmful pollutants in the air, land, and water by complying with and enforcing environmental legislation.