With this week being Net Zero Week, the importance of ensuring that carbon emissions are reduced is being highlighted around the country. One local council that is making solid progress towards meeting its net zero goals is Sevenoaks District Council.
The council has recently added two more electric vans to their fleet, allowing their Environmental Enforcement Officers to move around the district in a more sustainable manner.
Councillor Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council, said:
“We are off to a good start with our net zero commitment, but we know there is still lots more we can do. Adding more electric vehicles to our fleet is a big step forward in decarbonising our operations and our Movement Strategy is part of our ambition to make travel in the district more sustainable.
We know air quality is a big concern for residents, but we have seen year-on-year improvements across the district and our new Air Quality Action Plan will continue to address this. We are also hoping to have more than 40 additional electric charging points installed in our car parks and deliver resident EV charging hubs.
We’re also highlighting to residents and our staff that net zero is everyone’s responsibility and, if we all make small changes, it will add up.”
The council launched its Movement Strategy earlier this year, setting out its intentions to push healthier, safer, and more sustainable travel in the next five to ten years. The funding of the delivery of these was supported by the securing of £1.2 million for a new cycling and walking route in the town of Sevenoaks.
Other projects to reduce carbon emissions in the area include solar powered compactor bins, installing electric car charging points in car parks, and planting new trees.