By the time this column is published the Paris Climate Conference will be over and I hope will have resulted in an ambitious world programme of carbon reduction to combat the threat of global warming and the grave environmental damage and human suffering that comes with it.
Under Labour leadership Crawley Borough Council is determined to continue to play its part in boosting local effort to reduce carbon production. The council already has a proud record in this area. Cross departmental activity spearheaded by the council’s Environmental Sustainability team, founded by Labour fifteen years ago, means the council has done well in reducing its carbon emissions by 24% during the most recent period measured, the five years 2010-15.
Despite the difficulties faced by local government and a hostile attitude from the national Conservative Government towards green energy measures, Labour locally has set two more challenging goals for the council in its own activities: to reduce carbon emissions by a further 20% by 2020 as a milestone on the route to the council becoming carbon neutral by 2050. We are determined to ensure the council progresses steadily towards achievement of these goals using the talent and know-how nurtured over many years.
Some of the ways already identified to help reach these goals are : a second Combined Heat and Power generator at K2 due to be installed early in 2016, the current dynamic programme to install solar panels on hundreds of Crawley Homes properties and more LED lighting in council car parks, the town hall, the Hawth, K2, Tilgate Nature Centre and in Crawley Homes communal areas. We will also continue to work with business and community partners to share knowledge and promote sustainable energy use.
As we have known for many years in Crawley, acting locally while thinking globally makes very good environmental sense and with your continuing support Labour will keep doing this at Crawley Borough Council.
Councillor Colin Lloyd
Labour Borough Councillor for Tilgate and Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability.