SEFTON Council bosses say they are on track to hit their target of being net zero carbon by 2030.
The local authority has released its Climate Emergency Annual Report, confirming a 13% reduction in total emissions so far, which is set to rise to 28% once projects started this year are complete.
Some of the measures taken by the council includes the street lighting LED replacement project, more staff working from home and the retrofit of Southport and Bootle town halls.
The 2030 target, which was set out in Sefton Council’s Climate Emergency declaration in 2019, is described by the council as “ambitious but critical to preventing further damage to the climate.”
Net zero means achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere and those taken out.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Corporate Services said: “I am delighted to see that we continue to make progress towards our 2030 net zero target. It is testament to the hard work of everyone at the council to have seen so many projects in the pipeline that contributes to the reduction in our carbon footprint and it’s great to see we are still on track to reach that critical date of net zero carbon by 2030.
“We have continued to take positive from the pandemic in terms of the way we work and ensuring our impact on our climate is as small as we can make it.
“A 28% reduction in emissions when this year’s projects have been completed is so encouraging and I hope we can keep up the momentum as we move into 2023 and start to be powered by green electricity.”