Carbon Budget 2013/2014
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Advise Members of the corporate and departmental progress made against the Carbon Budget 2013/14 and the revisions that are required to meet Corporate Goals for 2014/15
Councillor Brian Kenny, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, presented the report of the Assistant Chief Executive upon the corporate and departmental progress made against the Carbon Budget 2013/2014 and the revisions that were required to meet Corporate Goals for 2014/2015. The Carbon Budget for 2014/2015 and the Performance Timetable towards the 2013/2014 target was set out in Appendix 1 to the report. The Carbon Budget had been established at the request of the Council (minute 77 (14 December 2009) refers) and the Corporate Plan 2013/2016 stated that we should spend less on ourselves and obtain best value for every penny we spend. In the portion related to Asset Management, the Transformational Projects report (minute 249 (Cabinet 23 May 2013) refers) identified: the lowering of building running costs; carbon output; and associated penalties as measures that would deliver budget savings through reduced running costs.
The Carbon Budget process promoted those aims and although it was not a statutory requirement, it was Wirral’s only method of managing CO2 emissions in order to reduce our carbon footprint and the costs associated with it. Meeting the annual targets of reduced carbon emissions would result in financial savings through reduced energy use and CRCEES charges.
(1) That progress towards the 2013/2014 target be noted.
(2) That the Carbon Budget for 2014/2015 be approved.
(3) That the current Carbon Budget method be applied until the impacts of: the ongoing simplification of the CRCEES and the Corporate restructuring are assessed and that Officers be instructed to report further to Members to make recommended alterations as a result of these processes.
(4) That managers be directed to ensure that Carbon Reduction Implications of projects and initiatives are assessed and reported as required by the standard report template and that impacts are required to be reported to the Building Services and Sustainability Section to support the carbon management process.
Report author: Assistant Chief Executive/Head of Universal and Infrastructure Services
Publication date: 26/02/2014
Date of decision: 12/02/2014
Decided at meeting: 12/02/2014 - Cabinet