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Environmental Management in the Council

Lincolnshire County Council is committed to develop its social and economic agenda around the need to protect and enhance the environment. This means that for whatever we do, we will have both today’s and tomorrow’s environmental impacts in the forefront of our minds and we will aim to minimise them accordingly.

Amongst the recognised benefits of environmental management are:

  • Improvements in the quality of service delivery
  • Clarity for suppliers
  • Consistent and corporate approach
  • Demonstration of commitment
  • Maintenance of credibility and leadership role
  • Staff motivation
  • Continued improvement and (if desired) external validation of systems
  • And, most importantly, improved environmental performance, reduced waste and financial savings

The County Council will take positive action to ensure it plays a significant role in environmental stewardship. Our approach follows recognised best environmental management practice:

  • Make a commitment and agree policy
  • Set objectives and targets
  • Plan and implement actions
  • Carry out training, publicity and awareness
  • Measure progress and review regularly

What are we doing?

We have developed and embedded several policies/plans that help us to minimise our environmental impacts and reduce carbon emissions.

  • Carbon Management Plan
  • Greenhouse Gas Report
  • Environmental Policy
  • CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

Carbon Management Plan

Lincolnshire County Council has signed up through Climate Local to tackling causes and effects of climate change. Tackling the causes requires us to reduce carbon emissions. This in turn will reduce our energy bills.

What is a Carbon Management Plan?

The objective of carbon management is to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities arising from carbon emissions and climate change, in the short, medium and long term, against a background of rapidly evolving regulation, market forces and stakeholder concerns. Carbon management is a strategic, whole-organisation approach that integrates with an organisation’s existing strategy and management.

The Council has:

  • Established carbon baselines (what our emissions are and where they come from)
  • Evaluated the options for reducing carbon emissions
  • Agreed a Carbon Management Plan (first version 2006 - 2012, second version 2012 - 2018, proposed third version to be released 2018)

To embed this approach into the way we work we were one of the first authorities that took part in the Carbon Trust Local Authority Carbon Management programme in 2006-7. The programme aimed to help us understand our emissions, to improve energy management and reduce emissions under the direct control of the local authority such as buildings, vehicle fleets and street-lighting. The original Carbon Management Plan was adopted in June 2007, covered 2006-12 and included an aspirational target to reduce emissions by 20% on a wide scope. Data collection issues (now resolved) meant it was difficult to accurately assess reductions in emissions from the original (inaccurate) 2006-7 baseline. The second Carbon Management Plan covers 2012 to 2018, using 2011/12 data as a baseline. The target is to reduce CO2 emissions by 22% (over 18,000 tonnes) from 2012 to 2018. Current data shows that the council is well on the way to meeting this target. The third version of the Carbon Management Plan will be developed for 2018 and beyond.

What will be the benefits?

The concept of carbon management will benefit us in the following ways:

  • Support the Council’s long term strategic aims of delivering excellent services and demonstrating value for money
  • Contribute to the Council’s corporate objectives
  • Raising the profile of the Council as a leader in these matters
  • Improved asset management and energy efficiency leading to financial savings
  • Establish the business case for a revolving fund for carbon reduction investment
  • Better understanding within the Council and community of the climate change challenge reflected in the long term behavioural change

You can read our Carbon Management Plan 2012 - 2018 under Downloads at the bottom of this page.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting

From 2011 the Council publishes an annual report on its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) using the standard GHG guidance from DEFRA in partnership with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The guidance is aimed at all sizes of business as well as public and third sector organisations and explains how organisations can measure and report their GHG emissions as well as set targets to reduce them.

Existing data sources such as utility bills, fuel consumption and car mileage can be converted into CO2 equivalent emissions by applying relevant conversion factors.

Environmental Policy 2007

The Corporate Environmental Policy recognises that our major impacts are in relation to:-

  • Resource Management
    Aim: reduce CO² emissions, use energy, water, land and other natural resources efficiently and with care; and to utilise renewable energy where practicable.
  • Waste Management
    Aim: to minimise waste, then re-use or recover it through recycling, composting or energy recovery, and finally treat or dispose of what is left in a safe and responsible way.
  • Minimising Pollution
    Aim: to minimise and reduce the impacts of pollution on people and natural systems.
  • Natural, Historic and Built Environment
    Aim: encourage wildlife and increase biodiversity by protecting and creating habitats and managing land appropriately, to value, protect and enhance the diversity of the built environment.
  • Cultural and Heritage Management.
    Aim: to record, protect and promote our culture and heritage in a sustainable manner.
  • Sustainable Development
    Aim: to promote sustainable patterns and forms of development and the use of sustainable business practice.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (formerly known as the “Carbon Reduction Commitment”) applies to large energy users in the public and private sectors across the UK and requires them to buy allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit. Since 2013-14 LCC has paid just over £600,000 every year for CO2 emitted during this period. The scheme will be closed following the 2018-19 compliance year. Beyond 2019 Lincolnshire County Council will comply with any CO2 tax scheme introduced.

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Last updated: 13 September 2017

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