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Newbury Town Council has reduced its carbon footprint by 44% since it declared a Climate Emergency in 2019. The Council is well ahead of its target to be carbon-neutral by 2030.

Addressing the Council meeting on 23rd October, Cllr David Harman, Chair of the Climate Emergency Working Group said, “I am delighted with our progress towards our aim to be carbon-neutral by 2030. These results have been independently verified by Carbon Footprint Ltd. The complete report can be found on our website: https://newbury.gov.uk/the-council/key-documents/climate-emergency/

We will continue to drive down our carbon footprint by installing further solar panels on the Town Hall roof. We will also achieve carbon credits through our agreement with Newbury Cricket Club, following our grant aid for their solar panels. Those panels are proving to be of tremendous benefit to the Club and to Loose Ends who run a drop-in centre, from the Cricket Club, serving food to the homeless and vulnerable.

We have further plans in our fight against the Climate Emergency, including a meeting with Greenfest to explore collaboration and carrying out a plastics audit for the Council.”

The Council is also happy to support other local groups in their Climate Emergency campaigns.                                                                        

Cllr David Marsh, Chair of the Council’s Grants Subcommittee said, “The Council is committed to our Climate Emergency Campaign. As well as the great work of our Working Group, we actively support local organisations through our Climate Emergency Grant Fund, which this year totals £10,000. We urge anyone with an eligible project or campaign to contact us”.

For further information regarding the Council’s Climate Emergency Grant Fund please see our website: https://newbury.gov.uk/the-council/climate-emergency-grant-aid-application-form/  



Cllr David Harman, Chair Climate Emergency Working Group david.harman@newbury.gov.uk   07932 579107

Hugh Peacocke, CEO NTC hugh.peacocke@newbury.gov.uk 01635 35486

Publish date: 2 November 2023