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Carbon Neutrality Action Plan

Council charts pathway towards carbon neutrality

In June 2019, the council declared a Climate Emergency and set itself two targets: the first of being a carbon neutral organisation by 2024 and the second, to be a carbon neutral district by 2030. The council adopted a Carbon Neutrality Action Plan (CNAP) in January 2020 which contained immediate actions required to chart a trajectory towards its Climate Neutrality targets. 

To flesh out these actions, and in particularly advise on impactful actions from a district point of view, the council commissioned a Carbon Neutrality Roadmap from consultants WSP in 2022. The District Roadmap detailed the measures likely to have the most impact including: retrofitting energy saving measures in 800 homes per year; funding schemes for residents’ energy saving; continued installation of EV charging points to ease the transition to electric vehicles; exploration of large scale renewable energy generation and roll-out of solar panels on business, commercial and residential properties; decarbonising fleet vehicles including Park & Ride, bus services and taxis; and improving cycling and walking opportunities across the district. The plan also highlights work with partners for areas outside the council’s remit.

The measures within the Carbon Neutrality Roadmap were translated into an updated Carbon Neutrality Action Plan 2023-2030, which was adopted by the council's Cabinet on 13th September 2023. 

The new CNAP 2023-2030 focuses five pathways:

CNAP Emissions Reduction Pathways
CNAP Emission Reduction Pathways


It also highlights four key ways of working - delivery, collaboration, enabling and influence - and prioritises pathways to carbon reduction including: transport; renewable energy generation; nature-based solutions for capturing and storing carbon dioxide and supporting the creation of local carbon credits.

CNAP Emissions Reduction Pathways
CNAP Emissions Reduction Pathways


Cllr Kelsie Learney Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency said: We have made good strides putting in place measures that will reduce the carbon footprint of the district to date. Our refreshed action plan refocuses these efforts to help ensure we reach our target.

"We have to increase the scale of actions and pace of delivery, becoming greener faster and showing leadership – not only in our own council buildings and operations, but by working with partners, and supporting others in their efforts to be carbon neutral. Through this plan we will not only be making our contribution to reducing climate change but creating a greener, cleaner district for our children and grandchildren.”  

CNAP Carbon Sources
Main sources of carbon emissions from within the Winchester district

Progress is measured and reported publicly via the publication of a series of CNAP Annual Reports. These are scrutinised by our Health and Environment Policy Committee and published on the right hand bar of this page. 


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