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Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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… of climate change would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. In response, Barnsley Council set out in its climate emergency declaration in September 2019 an ambitious and realistic vision for the borough to become net Zero Carbon by 2045 (Zero45) and as an organisation to lead by example to become net zero carbon by 2040 (Zero40). This is the first draft…

… change, as well as providing the governance structure and carbon reduction targets. This SEAP recommends an ambitious first borough-wide ambition for 2025 to reduce its emissions by 65% (2017 baseline) and that as part of this, we have an ambition to reduce our own emissions by 60% (2019 baseline). This will provide us with the best opportunity to be zero-carbon by 2035. Achieving net zero

… carbon is possible over time and our approach will be predicated on a hierarchy of reducing energy demand; engaging in positive behavioural change; using developed technology; using renewable energy; and offsetting emissions via programmes such as tree planting and nature-based carbon capture. This methodology is in line with the UK government’s approach and their national target of being net zero

… reduction targets and embed a carbon reduction culture across our organisation. Where possible, existing boards in our governance structure will have a standing item in respect of environmental impact in their terms of reference. As part of Sheffield City Region, Barnsley Council is also a member of the NZ:SCR partnership which will oversee the City Region’s reduction to net zero and provide…

…/ Appendix 1 DEFINITIONS Net Zero: This is described as achieving a position in which the activities of an organisation or an economy (in the case of this SEAP the council and the wider borough) result in no net impact on the climate from greenhouse gas emissions. This is achieved by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by balancing the impact of any remaining greenhouse gas emissions…


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