What does net carbon zero mean?
Net carbon zero means reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and balancing the emissions we produce and the emissions we remove from the earth’s atmosphere.
We will reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away.
Why is it important?
We are already feeling the effects of climate change with rising sea levels and changing weather patterns including floods and severe storms. This will only get worse if global warming increases.
What we do in the next decade to limit emissions will be critical to the future of Conwy and our planet.
We are aiming to be a net zero carbon Council by 2030. Net zero is important because it’s the best way we can reduce global warming and tackle climate change.
What are we doing in Conwy?
Following the Climate Emergency Declaration (view declaration) in May 2019 we set up the Climate Challenge Programme to deliver our vision to lead our communities in delivering a net carbon zero county.
The programme objectives are to:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Council’s estate, fleet, staff commuting, business travel, supply chain and street lighting to achieve net zero emissions.
- Offset the remaining emissions by 2030.
- Develop and implement a local area energy plan for Conwy County by 2030.
We have set up 8 projects to deliver the programme. Each project focusses on an area that generates emissions and will look to change the way we deliver services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We will provide updates on these projects.