South Staffordshire Council named a 'net zero leader'
Released on 20 April 2022
South Staffordshire Council has been described as 'leading the way' in getting set for a low carbon future by a major UK energy distribution firm
Named a 'net zero leader' by Western Power Distribution, the authority is running the South Staffordshire Climate Change Festival throughout 2022 to promote awareness of climate change to communities and residents.
The festival also includes the Climate Prize, which earlier this year offered grants of up to £200 to community groups, schools and micro-businesses for projects helping to tackle climate change.
South Staffordshire Climate Change Festival
South Staffordshire Council has also been keenly involved in a number of tree-planting activities over the last 18 months; planting 2,000 trees in Perton and Bilbrook so far this year, and 1,500 trees last year in Perton, Bilbrook and Great Wyrley.
The council's headquarters at Codsall Community Hub has a range of environmentally-friendly aspects to its design too, including bat and bird boxes, and a total of 18 electric vehicle charging points – with four readily available for use by the public.
South Staffordshire Council also ranks highly in the national recycling league table and achieved a recycling rate of 45% in 2021/22. The authority has also been a Zero Waste to Landfill council since 2013, with the district's non-recyclable waste turned into energy for the national grid at the W2R Energy Recovery Facility in South Staffordshire.
Speaking of the recognition by Western Power Distribution, Councillor Len Bates BEM, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “I am delighted that our hard work and commitment to mitigating climate change has been highlighted by Western Power.
“We are determined to what we can to preserve the district for future generations and passionate in enabling our residents to do so too."
After declaring a Climate Emergency, South Staffordshire Council committed to a Climate Change Strategy in 2020, setting out its dedication to mitigating climate change and reducing the district's carbon emissions.
South Staffordshire Council was granted the 'net zero leader' status by Western Power Distribution based on the company's annual Distribution Future Energy Scenarios, which the company uses to predict demand on the electricity network.
The scenarios are based on data from a range of sources, including the number of customers installing low carbon technologies (LCTs), such as solar panels and electric vehicle chargers, planned large-scale investment and engagement with local authorities, including Local Area Energy Plans.
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