Council pushing forward on climate ambitions with multi-million-pound investments in Eden

In 2019, Eden District Council declared both a climate and an ecological emergency. The Council stands alongside over 300 other local authorities across the country in declaring these emergencies.

This week, to coincide with the start of COP26 - the twenty-sixth UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, the Council is sharing an update on its ambitions to reduce emissions.

Cllr Virginia Taylor, Leader of Eden District Council, said, "The Council declared a climate and ecological emergency in 2019, and we have committed to cutting our own operations to zero and the wider district’s to net zero by 2030, as well as committing to the aims of national leadership organisation, UK100."

Cllr Mark Rudhall, Portfolio Holder for Green Growth, gave an update on the investments that are being made within Eden. He added: “the Council has allocated a significant amount of budget to carbon reduction and sustainability interventions since 2020.

"An additional £1.5m was committed in our budget for 2020/2021, a significant amount bearing in mind our net annual revenue budget is £9.3m.

“We have also been successful in attracting £2.4m in government grants over the past two years for carbon reduction interventions in housing stock and our municipal buildings.

Cllr Taylor added, "In addition, in areas we can influence, we are advocating for enhanced cycling routes and pushing for safer alternative transport options in our response to National Highways' A66 NTP project.

“The Council’s formal response includes a strong request that a continuous route through Eden is provided for non-motorised traffic, be that cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs and buggies, animal companions or horse-drawn vehicles.

“The consultation is open until November 6 and I encourage everyone to have their say by visiting www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A66-NTP."

A number of programmes are being implemented by the Council to tackle CO2 emissions in the district. Of particular note is the Green Homes Grant (Local Authority Delivery) scheme, which is helping to make homes more energy efficient through fully-funded measures like external wall insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps.

Eden firms can also benefit through the Council’s Greening Eden Businesses scheme, which can offer grants of up to £10,000 for measures to reduce emissions. For more information on either of these schemes, visit www.eden.gov.uk.

As well as the aforementioned schemes, Cllr Taylor hinted at more to come, adding: “To coincide with COP26, we are launching a fund for community grants and our Zero Carbon Eden Strategy, and we’re excited to share more information on this soon.”

In its declaration of a climate emergency, the Council has committed to acting sustainably and work to maintain a healthy, clean and green environment both now and for future generations. For more information on the Council’s climate commitments, visit www.eden.gov.uk/your-environment/zero-carbon-eden/.

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