Reducing carbon emissions

We want to protect Barnsley for future generations. A key part of this is improving the climate and reducing carbon emissions.

On Wednesday 18 September 2019 Barnsley Cabinet declared a climate emergency to bring these issues to everyone's attention.

To help Barnsley to reduce its carbon emissions two programmes are being proposed:

  • Zero 40 - Barnsley Council will become carbon zero by 2040, or earlier if possible
  • Zero 45 - where the borough will become zero carbon by 2045

Zero 40 

Zero 40 will focus on improvements in our environmental performance. This will be measured by reducing our carbon emissions against agreed milestones. The end result will see us being zero carbon in our work by 2040.

Zero 45 

Zero 45 is a programme where we’ll help the whole of Barnsley including its residents, communities, partners and businesses to support Barnsley’s changeover to be zero carbon by 2045.

What will each plan have?

Both Zero 40 and Zero 45 are underpinned by four evidence-based sustainable energy action plans running every five years leading up to 2040. These are 2020-2025, 2025-2030, 2030-2035 and 2035-2040.

Each plan will have carbon targets and be driven by five themes which will focus on existing carbon reduction programmes for the council.

These themes will be:

  • energy efficiency and procurement of energy
  • resource efficiency  
  • sustainable transport
  • renewable
  • decentralised heating

Each action plan will set out the projects and programmes that are needed to achieve the zero carbon goal by 2040 or earlier if further opportunities are found.

What we're doing already to help the climate 

Our Energy Strategy already commits us to reducing the level of carbon we emit. Existing projects include:

  • Replacement of the Metrodome leisure centre coal fired boilers to improve local air quality and reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Affordable warmth programmes supporting residents to live in warmer homes that are more affordable to heat.
  • Updating the heating and ventilation to Barnsley Council corporate buildings and installing solar panels to rooftops.
  • Deployment of renewable technologies to Berneslai Homes properties which includes the use of battery technology.
  • The design and build of solar panels and thermal into the Glassworks.
  • An ongoing programme for the conversion of existing streetlights to LEDs.
  • A programme to install electric vehicle charging in public car parks.
  • Replacement, on a phased basis, of our car and van fleet with electric vehicles.

Got a question?

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