WinACC and Winchester's Low Carbon Board have launched a major debate on the best way for Winchester District to do our fair share to meet our climate change targets. 

It's not whether we do something about climate change. It'swhat we do.

In Winchester District, we produce around one million tonnes of greenhouse gas a year. We need to cut this by 25,000 tonnes CO2e a year from 2016 to 2020. This is a cut of 200 kilos a year for everybody in Winchester District – man, woman and child. This is the equivalent of  driving the car 600 miles less, or cutting out one short return flight to Europe, e.g. Brussels.

We also need to get more of our energy from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal.  Less than 2% of the 1735 million kWh of energy we used in Winchester District in 2013 (not counting transport) came from renewable sources.  15% of the energy we use should come from local renewable sources by 2020. By 2025, it should be 25%, and 30% by 2030.

Look at our proposals (or download the pdf with response slip) about how we can do our share.  

Tell us what you think. What do you agree with? What would you change? And remember -  doing nothing is not an option. Anything you want to take out must be replaced with something else.

Email us or tweet @winacc #ourshare

Detailed paper on emission reduction targets and plan.

Detailed paper on renewable targets and plan.

Press release 

Publicity for the launch on 7 June 2014

We are ahead of the trend - the UK chief scientist called for this same debate four days after WinACC:

UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation. It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser...