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Calderdale's energy future
Calderdale's Energy Future sets out how Calderdale Council and its partners can transform Calderdale into a resilient low carbon economy, leading to a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 (from a 2005 baseline). It focuses our attention on priority actions that will have the biggest carbon reduction impact while protecting our communities and landscapes. We want to achieve these targets in a way that delivers the maximum social, economic and environmental benefits to the community.
The strategic focus is a move to a low carbon economy which supports the following key areas:
- Improved health and well being
- Preserved and enhanced natural landscape
- Everyone involved.
Whilst the 2020 target is important we must not lose sight of the fact that this is just a milestone on the way to a more challenging target of an 80% reduction by 2050. This is a difficult target and we need to increase the pace of change to achieve it. Financial and policy decisions must be aligned to reach this common goal and an attitude shift is required. It is no longer possible to continue with our current way of thinking - the opportunities and impacts of carbon reduction must be taken into account at every stage of our Borough’s development.
It is difficult to imagine that we can achieve these things unless there is wide scale buy-in to a low carbon way of living across the community. An immediate priority is to co-ordinate action across the borough and to share knowledge, which will initiate joint action between private, public and community sector partners. This document has emerged from a series of community and business engagement events and is supported by computer modelling. We have encouraged as many people as possible to contribute to the strategy and everyone has a role in delivering it.
Calderdale Council is committed to reducing its own emissions in line with the Borough wide target. It is important that the Council provides strong and effective leadership so that our communities have a role model to follow.