Green Future plans reach national audience

Planning and Environment
10:27, Monday, 8th August 2022

The council’s ambitious A Green Future policy has reached a national audience after being presented at a UK conference of politicians and senior local government figures.

The positive reception is a top level endorsement of the policy, which sets out key aims and aspirations for North Lincolnshire’s environment, including the pledge to go carbon neutral by 2030.

The Green Future policy formed part of a presentation at a regional Leaders Board and Chief Executives Zero Carbon event, which ran alongside the annual Local Government Conference in Harrogate, which played to host to around 1,600 delegates.

This year conference attendees included MPs Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove, Nadhim Zahawi and Lisa Nandy as well as Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Ed Davey.

Green Futures Programme Director Nolan Bennett told delegates about the council’s pledge to leave the environment in a better state than we find it.

Nolan also showcased the contribution North Lincolnshire is making to the local and national ambition for zero carbon.

The event was being hosted in conjunction with some key regional private sector partners and partnerships, such as:

  • Drax Power Station.
  • Northern Gas Networks.
  • UK Infrastructure Bank.
  • Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission.
  • Yorkshire Water.
  • Zero Carbon Humber and Hydrogen to Humber.

Nolan also explained how A Green Future is centred around four themes and eight aims, including putting clean growth at the heart of the local economy and bringing together the community into a county-wide network to take positive action.

Cllr David Rose, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “A Green Future is at the heart of everything we do as a council, and we want to make North Lincolnshire a greener, cleaner, healthier, more sustainable place to live and work.

“The council is working to achieve net zero by 2030. We are already moving to a green fleet of vehicles, installing EV chargers in our car parks and solar panels on our schools. Much more is to come.

“It is encouraging that we are spreading the word about our ambitious plans to other councils across the country. Together we can take ownership of the environment and achieve real, positive change.”

Look out for our new Green Pledge campaign, launching soon, which encourages everyone to take action to achieve A Green Future – this can be something as simple as recycling plastic or taking fewer car journeys.

Already working hard for the environment? Tell us about it via social media using #OneGreenFuture

You can read more about the A Green Future strategy on our dedicated webpage.