6 reasons why local councils should commit to net zero
23 April 2021
It has always been true that improving a council’s environmental impact has numerous benefits for the entire community. Now though, there is more urgency than ever when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Major cities including Nottingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow have all pledged to reach net zero by 2030. York and Birmingham published their proposals with a “Race to Net Zero”. Clearly, a green shift is already underway, despite the uncertainty sparked by Covid-19. If anything, the pandemic has prompted a rise in demand for self-sufficiency. This, in turn, has made sustainable solutions such as communal energy and renewable generation attractive options for local councils. Paired with energy efficiency and smart carbon management, these options can deliver a clear and cost-effective path to net zero. Here are 6 reasons to get your local council to commit to net zero today.
1. Protect the planetThe most important reason to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions is to slow the rate of climate change. For years, environmentalism was considered to be a niche area. Now, it is clear that the destructive effects of climate change can no longer be overlooked. With a dramatic rise in melting ice caps, rising waters, raging wildfires and devastating storms, it is clear we are rapidly running out of time. In this effort, everyone has a part to play. Local councils are especially well placed to lead by example. By embracing a sustainable strategy, councils can show their community the importance of a green lifestyle.
2. Fuel your council’s economic recoveryThe path to net zero for local councils requires a combination of sustainable solutions working together to reduce energy consumption and, in turn, emissions. These efficiency measures can lead to significant cost savings which is a valuable resource on the road to recovery. These are the net zero energy solutions that can lead to financial savings:
- Energy efficiency: By identifying areas of inefficiency and waste, energy data can be used to uncover hidden cost savings.
- Onsite generation: By generating your own power you can avoid rising non-commodity costs and even sell excess money back to the grid.
- Battery storage: Battery storage enables you to buy energy at lower prices and store it for times of peak demand. It can also store onsite renewable power at times when energy cannot be generated. (For example, solar energy can be stored to use at night or on cloudy days when the technology is less effective.)
- Water efficiency: Reducing water waste is crucial for the environment, but also an important way to save money.