Cornwall Council has launched the first version of its Sustainable Energy Action Plan for a Green Cornwall (SEAP), which sets out how it will work to reduce its energy and carbon emissions, as well as work with other organisations to do the same.
Representatives from across private, public, community and voluntary sectors attended the launch and heard from representatives of community groups and organisations, such as Fowey Renewable Energy Enterprise and Community Energy Plus, who already have successful energy reduction projects underway.
The SEAP aims to provide a programme of projects which:
- Offer good value for money and are sensitive to Cornwall’s assets
- Help drive down Cornwall’s energy usage, promote local ownership of energy and improve the quality of life for our communities
- Create a clean and secure energy future, a thriving low carbon economy and provide local jobs and training
- Meet the energy and emission targets identified in the plan by 2020
As a result of an extensive 18 month consultation process, the SEAP has set some challenging goals with the Council aiming to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2020. This proactive approach will assist in taking advantage of government incentives and funding opportunities.
Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for economy and culture, Councillor Julian German, said: “Having a Sustainable Energy Action Plan in place will allow the Council to access funding opportunities for the benefit of everyone in Cornwall, helping to tackle our higher than average levels of fuel poverty, and improve our resilience against ever increasing fuel prices.”
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