In January 2016, in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, Winchester City Council approved a set of Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Winchester which set out how it will use its influence to encourage further reduction of the District’s carbon footprint.

Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council makes commitments to review waste freighter routes to reduce emissions even more, to buy the most energy-efficient equipment and fittings for Council buildings, and to ensure that new contracts for public transport, such as buses, require emissions to be reduced.

The carbon footprint of new buildings and homes is important. So the Council has also promised to reduce the carbon footprint of the proposed new leisure facilities to as close to zero as financially and technically feasible. It will also ensure that proposals for all new major developments are judged on their contribution to cutting the carbon footprint of the District and shifting from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.

The City Council will seek to smooth the path for renewable energy initiatives, such as solar and hydro-power, and plans to install solar panels on the Council estate whenever this makes financial sense and the location and structures are suitable. Officers are currently inviting owners of non-residential buildings to consider a joint project to install more solar panels in the City, and are keen to hear from businesses who might like take part in the initiative which is led by Winchester Town Forum.

Staff and councillors will be trained in eco-driving that cuts miles per gallon, and the parking policy will be reviewed in 2016 to align it more closely with the Council’s economic strategy, including the objective of building a local low-carbon economy.

See Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council 

Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council:

 1.  We buy the most energy-efficient latest equipment and fittings for our buildings.

2.  Our staff and Councillors will be trained in eco-driving that increases miles per gallon.

3.  We are working with our waste collection service to review routes to reduce emissions from their lorries.

4.  We install solar panels on the Council estate whenever this makes financial sense and the location and structures are suitable.

5.  Sustainability underpins the Local Plan Parts 1 and 2.

6.  In planning, specifying, assessing or making decisions on new major developments, we always ensure that one of the criteria is the development’s contribution to cutting the carbon footprint of the District and shifting from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.

7.  We will reduce the carbon footprint of the proposed new leisure facilities to as close to zero as financially and technically feasible, in respect of the use of the whole site, its construction, running emissions and user travel emissions.

8.  We will facilitate the introduction of renewable energy initiatives, including solar and hydro-power, whether Council-owned or as community projects.

9.  Where the City Council is responsible for commissioning public transport, we specify reduced emissions whenever a new contract is advertised and agreed.

10. We will carry out a mid-term review of the parking policy in 2016, seeking to align it more closely with the Council’s economic strategy including its aspirations to build a local carbon economy.

11. We encourage other organisations, both public and business, to reduce their carbon footprint and shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.

12. We require organisations that are awarded grant aid and / or commissions to make a commitment to reducing their emissions in the Winchester District, and to report on their progress.

This list of twelve actions is appendix 2 of the report:

  • CARBON REDUCTION: DEMONSTRATING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP 3 December 2015 PHD 660a

See other key documents on climate change and the City Council.