15/07/20: Green light for council's green energy switch

Breckland Council has revealed plans to switch to a green energy tariff for all its buildings, as part of its commitment to be more environmentally-friendly.

During a meeting of Cabinet held this week (13 July), it was announced that the council will move away from a tariff which uses traditional energy sources generated by fossil fuels and instead change to a tariff which uses renewable energy from 1 October 2020.

It is expected that by doing this the council will reduce its impact on the environment through a reduction in pollutants being put into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels that powers traditional energy generation. The cost of the new green tariff is similar to the council's existing energy rate.

Cllr Ian Sherwood, Breckland Council's Sustainability Strategy Champion, commented: "The council has committed to reviewing its carbon footprint and we are looking at a number of areas in which we can make the organisation more environmentally-sustainable, as well as supporting residents to make green lifestyle choices in the future. We will be making this energy tariff change in the coming months and, once our strategy has been developed further, we look forward to unveiling further initiatives in due course."

The tariff announcement comes shortly after the council confirmed that it would be letting some grass verges in the district grow longer to create bee-friendly habitats. It also recently adopted a new policy to work with housing developers to review opportunities to include bird boxes and other green features as part of the planning application process.

Last updated: 17/07/2020 11:10:20