A North Staffordshire Council aims to encourage a ‘green recovery’ as the UK emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has announced it will support actions ‘which encourage a green recovery’ as communities and businesses recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The council – which last year declared a climate emergency – is working to help achieve a carbon neutral Staffordshire Moorlands by 2030.
Among initiatives and opportunities the council is looking at:
- Green energy – the potential for the Council to invest in solar energy projects and wind farms
- Electric vehicle charging points
- Local offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions
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The council says it also has plans to set up a Staffordshire Moorlands Community Climate Change Fund of £10,000 to encourage community initiatives.
Councillor Joe Porter, Cabinet member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, said: “We’ve all seen the effect fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky has had on air quality and wildlife and, as we move towards restoring some of the key elements of a more ‘normal’ life, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to really make sure we put green issues at the heart of our recovery plans.
“Tackling the climate emergency is every bit as important as it was before the pandemic but Covid-19 has had an understandable impact on the Council’s progress and we have had no choice but to delay some projects.
“That does not mean the work has stopped and I remain as committed as ever to ensuring we leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it. To help achieve that, we’ve got some exciting plans in the pipeline – including the launch of the grant scheme which I’m very much looking forward to sharing with everyone in due course.”
Cllr Porter has also been appointed as a member of the DEFRA Local Adaptation Advisory Panel which is ‘aimed at ensuring local and central government work together effectively as local areas develop plans and actions to tackle the changing climate’.
He added: “I’m delighted to be sharing our experiences here in the Moorlands with the Government at a national level so that we can help to shape, and also to learn from, the adaption plans being put in place at a local level across the country.
“It’s yet another example of the critical nature of this work and the priority we attach to it at a local, regional and national level.”