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. The aim is to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, from a 2005 baseline. It focuses our attention on priority actions that have the biggest carbon reduction impact while protecting communities and landscapes. We want to achieve these targets in a way that delivers maximum social, economic and environmental benefits to Calderdale.

The strategic focus is a move to a low-carbon economy, which supports the following key areas:

  • Resilience
  • Improved health and well being
  • Preserved and enhanced natural landscape
  • Everyone involved.

While the 2020 target is important, this is a milestone to a more challenging 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 Calderdale’s development.

It is difficult to imagine that we can achieve these things, without 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. This 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 encourage people 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, giving our communities a role model to follow.

Urban and rural landscape