Norfolk sets ‘ambitious’ 2030 net zero carbon target

An ‘ambitious’ date of 2030 for Norfolk to achieve net zero carbon emissions has been proposed as part of a new and far-reaching environment policy for the county council.

A cross party group was set up in May to analyse the key issues and actions needed to help the Norfolk County Council understand and address its environmental impacts from the buildings the authority uses, the way people travel, and how the land owned by the council is used.

Over recent months the working group heard from representatives of a range of organisations including Extinction Rebellion, the Broads Authority, the UEA and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. A set of proposals have been created, and, if agreed, the policy will then be considered for adoption by Full Council on 25 November.

Andy Grant, cabinet member for Environment & Waste, said: “This paper is a first, but important step. We want to take action as the need for us all to reduce our impact on the planet is not in doubt. I look forward to the county council working alongside partners across the county to bring about positive change. If the policy is adopted we would then take steps to do detailed work to identify actions on the ground to help reduce our environmental impact.”