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Sustainable Energy Action Plan

Covenant of Mayors Launch

The Council and the Management Team are committed to playing a leading role in tackling Climate Change in Poole. The Borough of Poole corporate strategy 2012 – 2015 declares protecting and enhancing Poole’s natural and built environment and reducing Poole’s carbon footprint as one of its key corporate priorities. The Council recognises that it must lead residents, businesses and the public sector in a partnership to adapt to our changing climate and to reduce CO2 emissions in Poole.

The Council signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in 2006, and takes its commitment to significantly reduce our carbon emissions very seriously. One result of this commitment was the decision to take part in the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Programme. Participating in the programme ensured that the Council took planned and practical steps to reduce its own impact on our changing climate. In the years 2009 - 2013 the Borough of Poole reduced CO2 emissions from Council Operations by 17% from a 2008/9 baseline. 

To reinforce the Council’s commitment to tackling Poole’s Carbon Footprint the Council joined the Covenant of Mayors on 24 April 2012. The Covenant is a European Union initiative with more than 5,000 signatories worldwide and only 33 in the UK. In signing the Covenant the Council committed to bettering the EU target of a 20% reduction in Borough wide emissions by 2020.

This Sustainable Energy Action Plan represents the plan for reducing emissions in the Borough of Poole and gives an indication of some of the projects which will be implemented to achieve this objective.  The Council developed the Poole Environment Partnership to help deliver the Sustainable Energy Action Plan and to support the Carbon Management Programme’s work to reduce emissions.

This document is the beginning rather than the end of this initiative. The Sustainable Energy Action Plan needs to be flexible in order to grow and adapt to include all aspects of life in the Borough of Poole and respond to knowledge of the most effective methods of reducing emissions and new technologies. It is also essential that carbon management and energy efficiency become core values throughout the Borough and that everyone takes responsibility for reducing emissions. 

By working together and ensuring that this plan is supported and implemented, we can all help the Council to lead Poole into a low carbon future, stimulating growth, saving money and supporting communities.