Ambitious plans to improve the sustainability of West Northamptonshire were boosted this week with the area making a national pledge to beat climate change targets.
West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has signed up to the UK100 Net Zero pledge, focusing on tackling the climate emergency and reducing carbon emissions.
UK100’s Net Zero Pledge commits councils to cutting their own emissions to net zero by 2030 and those of their residents and businesses by 2045 - five years ahead of the UK Government’s 2050 target.
WNC will join around 100 other local authorities in the UK100 network, enabling it to work directly with other councils facing the same climate challenges as well as having wider access to a range of new resources including climate research, campaigns, publications, innovative funding models and private sector expertise.
Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, signed the Net Zero pledge this week as the organisation moves forward with a bold new strategy for tackling climate change and making West Northants a more sustainable place to live and work.
He said: “We’re delighted to be signing up to the UK100, and will be taking our Net Zero pledge really, really seriously.
“We need to make the future of West Northants sustainable, not just environmentally but economically and socially too. We’re setting bold, climate change-related goals, and if everybody works together we can do it.
“We’re developing a sustainability strategy and looking carefully at how we measure the council’s own carbon footprint, as well as measuring the wider impact of West Northants.
“The UK100 will be a good network for us to gain information on what other councils are doing to drive sustainability into their communities, but it’s also a check and balance to ensure that we’re doing things correctly and properly.
“This is a really important agenda, we’re committed to it, and we look forward to working with every resident and business across West Northants to achieve these important goals.”
Christopher Hammond, UK100’s Network Membership Director, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome West Northamptonshire Council to UK100’s network.
“By joining UK100 and committing to bold targets, the council has demonstrated that it is facing these challenges and playing a decisive role in tackling climate change ahead of the National Government’s target.”