Sustainable Development & Energy Strategy
The goal of Sustainable Development is ensuring that the people of the world have the basic needs live happy healthy and comfortably now and in the future within the earth’s environmental limits.
Council is actively involved in a number of initiatives to consume less resources, minimise waste, recycle as much as possible and reduce our carbon footprint.
Everyone depends on energy to live our lives on a daily basis, in our homes, at work, in schools, hospitals and when we travel. The challenge is to have an sustainable, affordable and secure energy supply with minimal carbon emissions
Council’s long term strategy is to have a progressive region with a secure and affordable energy supply.
Council has set ambitious goals of contributing to a reduction in the effects of climate change through the utilisation of locally generated energy sources and increased energy efficiency resulting in a vibrant region to live and invest in.
Council will achieve this goals by:
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Reducing fuel poverty
- Reduction in the dependency of traditional fossil fuels
- Increased dependency on locally generated energy sources
- A robust and stable local energy network
Electric Vehicles or EV’s are becoming more popular as people realise the benefits to reduce travel costs and lower carbon emissions.
Electric vehicles use an electricity connection to charge a battery which is uses as the fuel source when driving the vehicle. The battery requires to be charged on a regular basis from either a home charging point or at one of the extensive charging point network located throughout the council area.
Electric vehicles generally come in two models:
This type of vehicle only has a battery as the source of power and requires regular charging. A normal charge is generally sufficient to power the vehicle for a few days on short journeys around town.
In this type of vehicle, in addition to the battery, there is a small petrol engine which is used to produce electrical power to recharge the battery on longer journeys. The main battery itself requires regular charging much like the pure electric vehicle.
The added benefit with the hybrid vehicles is with the security of having a separate method of charging the battery on extended journeys.
Contact Person: Leo Strawbridge
Contact Number: 028 7125 3253