Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2019 to 2020

The decision by Council on the 18 March 2019 to declare a Climate Emergency included a pledge to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030 and to produce a new Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan for 2019 to 2020.

Plymouth City Council contributes about 1% towards the city's overall carbon emissions. As a leading public sector organisation, we have a track record of leading by example. The pledge to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030 has fundamentally accelerated the need to review and where necessary develop local policies and plans to meet this challenge. This Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan sets out how we can work towards meeting that goal.

This is in line with the strategic timeline of the Climate Emergency Action Plan each of the themes are set against one of the three phases: Emergency response phase (2019 to 2021), Transitional phase (2021 to 2023) and Acceleration phase (2023 to 2030).

The scope of this plan is to reduce the carbon emissions from the Plymouth City Council estate and its operations. The plan is focussed on areas that demonstrate significant carbon emissions and energy uses which are in the direct influence/control of Plymouth City Council. However, the plan also seeks to go beyond these 'hard' initiatives and challenges: policy; governance; behavioural processes and decisions which have carbon emission contributions to the Council's CO2 emissions.