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Nottinghamshire County Council works on climate pledge

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A council has appointed its first environment ambassador to coincide with the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Mike Adams will lead on Nottinghamshire County Council’s ambition to become carbon neutral in all its activities by 2030 after it declared a climate emergency in May.

The council has already commissioned a new greenhouse gas report to pinpoint where carbon emissions are greatest across its buildings and services. Once complete, a targeted plan will be put in place to reduce these emissions.

Councillor Mike Adams, Nottinghamshire County Council's first environmental ambassador. (52620373)
Councillor Mike Adams, Nottinghamshire County Council's first environmental ambassador. (52620373)

It is also set to transfer its electricity supply to a green tariff which will provide energy exclusively from renewables thereby avoiding fossil fuels.

Mr Adams said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed the county council’s first Environment Ambassador. It is a big responsibility and one I take very seriously.

“We were already working towards carbon neutrality in our buildings, but the climate emergency declaration provided a clear signal of our commitment to Nottinghamshire’s environment.

“I’m going to be rolling my sleeves up to make sure we meet our promise to become carbon neutral by 2030 — it is an opportunity we can’t miss.

The Environment Ambassador will also work closely with partner organisations to deliver local climate friendly projects to help the UK reach its ambition of reaching net zero as a country by 2050.

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