Flintshire County Council supports the declarations made by Welsh Government and in Dec 2019 its Elected Members approved a motion to develop a clear Climate Change strategy which will set key aims and actions for creating a carbon neutral organisation.
During 2020 and 2021, the Council performed a number of engagement workshops with Members and Officers, identifying accomplishments made within carbon reduction, and proposals for future ideas to reach the net zero carbon goals.
In line with Welsh Government guide ‘Net Zero Carbon Status by 2030: A route map for decarbonisation across the Welsh Public Sector’ the plan is split into four themes of Buildings, Mobility & Transport, Procurement and Land Use.* It was agreed to incorporate a fifth theme of Behaviour which will integrate within the other themes through communication, engagement, instruction and training.
The Council ran a public engagement period through October and November 2021 which described the work carried out to date in each of the themes and asked for feedback on the proposed next steps to achieve net zero carbon by 2030. During this period an engagement activity was also carried out with primary and secondary schools. This activity asked our young people to write a letter to their future selves about the world in 50 years and what they hope has been achieved in that time. A selection of excerpts from these letters are included throughout this strategy.
The feedback from this engagement period was further developed in internal workshops with each of the portfolio areas across the Council’s services. This was supported by both the Climate Change Programme Board and Officer Group where scenario planning explored changes in both policy and process to deliver on our aims.
The scope identified within this strategy focusses on the changes and impacts that can be made directly by the Council to reduce both its own emissions and those of the wider county. The strategy is portioned with objectives and actions to reduce our direct carbon emissions, and then actions to reduce our wider emissions and those of the wider county.
It is clear that further progress in reductions can only be achieved through support and engagement of both the wider community and Welsh and UK governments.
The strategy was adopted in February 2022.
Other Council Strategies that link to climate change ambitions
- The Council aims to deliver a policy-led approach that incorporates the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and Environment (Wales) Act 2016.
- The Council’s Corporate Plan outlines key priorities across its services.
- Renewable Energy 10 year Action Plan
- Air Quality Management Plan
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience Duty Delivery Plan (Sec 6 Environment (Wales) Act 2016)
- Urban Tree and Woodland Plan
- Local Development Plan
- Procurement Strategy
- Fleet Strategy
- Integrated Transport Strategy
- North Wales Joint Local Transport Plan
- Waste Management Strategy
- Housing Strategy & Action Plan
- Digital Strategy
- Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB Management Plan
- Active Travel Plan
- 21st Century Schools Investment Programme
* Welsh Government (2021), Net Zero Carbon Status 2030: Public Sector Route Map. https://gov.wales/net-zero-carbon-status-2030-public-sector-route-map