Climate Change

Climate Emergency

West Lancashire Borough Council recognise the impact of climate change, both locally and globally.  We strongly support the need for urgent action to tackle the impacts greenhouse gas emissions are having on our climate and the associated risks this presents. 

In support of this, the Council declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019.  The declaration included an aspiration to be a carbon neutral Council by 2030 and to take action across the borough of West Lancashire.

The full Climate Emergency Declaration can be viewed here.

Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2030

Following our Climate emergency declaration, the Council have developed and adopted a new Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2030.  This will act as a route map to achieving our aspirations to reduce emissions directly associated with Council operation and across the wider borough.

Utilising the information we have to date on our current position and the identified key contributors of GHG emissions both from Council operations and Borough-wide activities, the Strategy identifies seven key priority areas for action:

  1. Delivering a Carbon Neutral Council
  2. Sustainable Procurement
  3. Transport and Travel
  4. Residential buildings
  5. Commercial activity
  6. Community Action
  7. The Natural Environment

The full Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2030 can be viewed here.

Climate Action News

We will endeavor to keep this page updated with actions undertaken to deliver carbon reduction projects across West Lancashire. 

100% Renewable Energy Tariff

From the 1st April 2021 all sites within the West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio will be supplied by a 100% renewable electricity tariff.  This means that every KWh of electricity consumed at any of our sites is matched with an equivalent volume of renewable power supplied to the grid from UK renewable energy generation.

This is secured by Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates that meet stringent carbon reporting requirements – as set by the World Resource Institute (WRI) in their Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance 2015. In addition, it has been independently verified by sustainability experts, EcoAct, to assure that our processes comply with the WRI requirements

Green Homes Grants Available – Local Authority Delivery Scheme for Lancashire

Qualifying residents across Lancashire can access this new energy efficiency grant scheme which is worth up to £10,000 per property. The grant is available to owner-occupiers, private tenants and social housing tenants, although a contribution is required from all Landlords.

The grants are now available via 'Cosy Homes in Lancashire' (CHiL) the affordable warmth initiative set up by the 15 Local Authorities in Lancashire with the aim of reducing fuel poverty across the County.

CHiL can help you access the scheme which covers the cost of installing energy saving measures including solid wall insulation and renewable heating technologies such as Air Source Heat Pumps and Solar PV to make your home warmer now and in the future and CHiL will pick up the bill. 

The funding does not cover the cost of gas boiler replacements.

Properties eligible for the grant are those with a low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G. Eligible households will have a combined income of no more than £30,000 with savings of less than £16,000. Anyone in receipt of benefits is likely to qualify.

The scheme closes in December 2021 so residents need to hurry to access the funding. The quickest and easiest way to apply is by visiting the CHiL website and completing the online application form.

New Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Council Car Parks

The Council has secured grant funding from the On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme delivered by the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to install 32 new electric vehicle charge points in Council owned car parks in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.  The charge points aim to provide convenient and efficient charging for local residents without off-street parking.

As more residents use electric vehicles, communities will benefit from improved air quality and lower their carbon footprint.  The new charge points will be installed in Spring 2021.

 

Considering Solar PV for your home?

Installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and generating your own renewable energy for use in your home is a great way to reduce your energy demand from the grid and therefore your energy bills.

This green energy also doesn’t release any carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions during generation or transmission, reducing your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment. Find out more here.