CAMBRIDGE City Council has joined Cambridge Carbon Footprint in calling on Cambridge residents and businesses to sign up to the Cambridge Climate Change Charter for World Environment Day.
The council funded local community group, Cambridge Carbon Footprint, to develop the Cambridge Climate Change Charter after declaring a climate emergency in 2019.
The Charter gives everyone the chance to find out more about their own carbon emissions through an online carbon footprint calculator and provides practical advice on how to reduce emissions and pledge to take action.
World Environment Day takes place every year to raise awareness and generate action on environmental issues. This year on Saturday 5 June, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is hosting a virtual mass sign-up day, asking individuals and businesses to sign the charter at https://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/charter and share their pledges on social media with the hashtag #camclimatecharter.
Signing the charter can help people, businesses and organisations contribute to the vision of a net zero carbon Cambridge by 2030, as outlined in the council’s new Climate Change Strategy 2021-26.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “Since it launched, the number of people signing the Cambridge Climate Change Charter has been growing. In total, the pledges already made will mean Cambridge saves an additional 25 tonnes of CO2 over the next year.
“This year for World Environment Day we’re calling on everyone to sign the charter, ask their employer and neighbours to sign it and pledge to take action to help the city’s transition towards a sustainable future.”
Alana Sinclair, Manager at Cambridge Carbon Footprint says: “Each of us has a role to play in helping Cambridge to reach net zero emissions. Our carbon footprint calculator enables people to explore the impact of day-to-day choices and empowers them to take action in their everyday lives. We all have the potential to be drivers of change.
“Whether you’re an individual, business or organisation, by becoming a signatory to the Charter you will be joining a community working together to achieve a brighter and sustainable future for Cambridge.
“Together I hope that we can make this World Environment Day a day to remember, where the Cambridge community united as part of the local solution to the climate emergency.”
Through its Carbon Management Plans, the council has implemented 66 carbon reduction projects to date, and it has invested £1.4 million through its dedicated Climate Change Fund, on top of capital investment through planned maintenance and service budgets.
Projects have included installing solar PV panels at 11 of its major buildings (including the Guildhall, Mandela House, Waterbeach Depot, three swimming pools and the Crematorium), LED lighting at 10 major buildings, a solar thermal system at Abbey Pool, and a comprehensive package of heating improvements and energy efficiency measures at the Guildhall.
The council has also purchased 12 electric fleet vehicles and an electric refuse vehicle replacing other vehicles with fuel efficient models at the end of their lifespan.
You can read Cambridge City Council’s Climate Change Strategy 2021-26 at https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/climate-change-strategy
For more information on how the council is reducing carbon emissions from its estate and operations visit https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/carbon-management-plan