By Kelly Wickham
Renewable energy is set to be switched on by Chichester councillors.
Initial backing to change their largest power contract to 100 per cent renewable electricity and gas has been given the go-ahead by Chichester District Council.
Leading council members agreed to invest in a renewable four-year energy contract for council buildings and operations.
The decision is subject to approval by all councillors.
This commitment follows a recommendation by the council’s environment panel in line with its newly adopted climate emergency action panel.
Cllr Penny Plant, the council’s cabinet member for environment and contract services, said everyone had to do their bit. “We all have a very important part to play in helping to tackle climate change,” she said.
“Switching our largest energy contract to 100 per cent renewable electricity and gas is one of the critical ways in which we, as an organisation, can reduce our carbon footprint.
“Carbon reduction is already a key focus in many areas of the council’s work. Reducing carbon emissions is an urgent, but complicated, issue.
“However, we are confident that the implementation of our action plan target of ten per cent year on year until 2025 in the district will have a positive impact on our residents, workers and visitors.”
Cabinet members also recommended that further investigations be carried out into evolving buying initiatives in the renewable energy section.
This move could enable smaller commercial users to purchase energy directly from renewable energy producers in the near future.