WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has reduced its Greenhouse Gas emissions by 40 per cent in the last ten years.

A new plan is currently being finalised to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 across its estates and operations.

Last year, the Council set a target to reduce Council emissions to net zero by 2050, in line with the Government’s national emissions reduction target.

Pending Cabinet approval later this year, the new Net Zero Carbon Plan will include the use of technology to help reduce emissions.

Among the considerations at County Hall are: effective ultra-low emission fleet vehicles; transitioning to non-fossil-fuelled heating systems; investment to improve energy efficiency in Council property and street lights; further investment in renewable energy, and the ability of the Council to offset remaining GHG emissions.

The Council has overseen several energy efficiency projects over recent years, including street lighting upgrades, installation of solar panels.