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Good news: Councils getting to net zero

It’s a challenge, but many local government authorities are managing to follow up their earlier pronouncements to get to net zero.

Thing are moving in Berkshire:

Reading Borough Council said there had been a 51% drop in carbon emissions in the town since 2005. The council said there was still work to do to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2030.

Councillor John Ennis, the authority’s lead on climate strategy and transport, said: “While we appear to be heading in the right direction, it is obvious that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve our target for Reading to be net zero by 2030. I firmly believe that the combined small actions of many people can make a huge difference.”

Reading’s carbon footprint cut in half, council says – BBC News

And from the leader of the council:

We have had three pieces of good news this month about how Reading as a town, and as a local council, is reducing carbon emissions.

The annual report from the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) revealed that Reading’s carbon emissions (and by this we mean our town as a whole, not just the Council) have been cut by 51% since 2005, which is the eighth largest reduction out of 374 local authority areas in the UK.

The Council itself has cut its own carbon emissions by 74% in 14 years and reduced its use of fossil fuels by 50% – two years ahead of our target.

We also learned the excellent news that Reading had retained its position on the CDP A List for the third successive year. This is widely recognised as a ‘gold standard’ marker of how well a town or city is addressing its environmental impact.

Council leader celebrates progress in Reading quest for net zero | Reading Chronicle

With more inspiration here:

Reading Climate Action Network (RCAN)