Stepping up to the climate challenge

As the UK gets ready to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council today sets out its commitment to helping the borough save money as it takes one more step to a greener planet.

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Throughout the COP26 period (31 October to 12 November), the council will be highlighting a wide range of advice and help for residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. This will include funding to make homes more energy efficient, access to the council's electric carpool, and a season of eye-opening films with the return of the UK Green Film festival at The Cinema at Campus West.

Business owners can find out how to save money on LED lighting with residents able to access funds to help keep homes warm and reduce water waste. This is in addition to the council covering the cost of downloading the Energy Saving Trust app that will be available across the borough in the new year, and access to many other initiatives that will help in the bid to tackle climate change.

Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Housing and Climate Change said:

The UK has set a target of being net zero by 2050 and we are determined to help as many of our residents and businesses help us get there. The global pandemic has had the unexpected consequence of reducing our greenhouse emissions and shown us what can be achieved if we all do our part to tackle climate change.

We are immensely proud to offer a variety of assistance and support to the wider community, whilst helping to reduce emissions and save money. I encourage everyone to visit our dedicated web page to see the many different ways we can help. We owe this to our future generations!

The council declared a climate change emergency in June 2019 and set itself the ambitious target to be net zero carbon by 2030. Along with its partners in the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP), the council is committed to sharing information, shaping solutions, and bringing forward proposals for interventions around climate change and sustainability across the county.