Our carbon neutral journey

We aim to be carbon neutral by 2030. As an organisation we believe that climate change and looking after the environment must be the ‘green thread’ running through our mission.

Becoming carbon neutral means that the council will take out as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as we put into it. This is also known as 'Net Zero Carbon'. 

Carbon neutrality is based on the aim that the sum of all the greenhouse gases put into and taken from the atmosphere will balance out to zero.

The UN provides more information about carbon neutrality and net zero emissions.

Carbon Management Plan

The Carbon Management Plan is the first step and sets out how we will achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, by establishing its baseline carbon emissions and identifying key areas of focus to ensure the targets are met.

Yearly updates

2023

Our annual report provides an overview of progress made in delivering the Carbon Management Plan after its first year (covering December 2022 to December 2023) including recommended changes and new activities.

The report also provides an update on our carbon footprint.

This report will be available soon.

Investors in the Environment

We joined Investors in the Environment in September 2022 as an Enterprise member - they provide criteria and a framework to help us:

  • reduce our impact on the environment
  • save money and time
  • promote our green credentials

When the criteria are successfully implemented and we have been audited, we will be accredited - we're working towards Bronze accreditation.
 

Gritter on road

Fleet

All of our winter gritting fleet is using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) instead of diesel

Park

Carbon storage

20 urban parks identified in Wellingborough suitable for a variety of living things for capturing and storing carbon

Planting a tree

Biodiversity

Over 10,000 trees planted across North Northamptonshire

People reading books

Behaviour

37 members and 101 officers have completed a Carbon Literacy Course

Leaf blower

Highways

35% of our power-driven hand tools are now electric

Procurement

Procurement and supply chains

Carbon reduction and sustainability questions added to procurement process for contracts of £100K or more

Light bulb in forest

Energy

Energy consumption of IT equipment has been reduced by 69,800 kWh - a carbon savings of 27.18 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Planting trees

Carbon sequestration and biodiversity

We have identified 15 council owned properties or pieces of land where we can plant trees or enhance biodiversity

Electric van being charged

Fleet

18% of our newly ordered fleet is electric, including 1 electric refuse collection lorry working out of the Wellingborough depot

EV charger and car

Travel

202 on-street EV chargers installed across North Northamptonshire and 18 EV chargers installed in council-owned car parks

Streetlights at twilight - news

Highways

Street lighting update underway to replace halogen lights with LED - resulting in a 75% energy savings

Woman at desk

Behaviour

We have launched a Climate Change Impact Assessment (CCIA) tool to inform our decision-making

If you’d like more information about our carbon neutral journey, please email us at [email protected].

Last updated 07 June 2024