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Shropshire Council to hold public climate change strategy workshop

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Shropshire Council is inviting businesses, groups and residents to attend a Climate Change Strategy workshop to work together on the Climate Change Strategy.

The workshop will introduce and discuss four key themes that are central to the climate change effort in Shropshire and beyond:

  1. Carbon reduction in energy efficiency
  2. Carbon mitigation in renewable energy
  3. Carbon capture and storage
  4. Adaptation and resilience

The workshop will take place in the Council Chamber at Shirehall on Monday 10 February, 2020 from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Shropshire already has the fifth largest amount of installed renewable energy generation capacity in the UK and produces 20% of the renewable energy across the whole of the West Midlands. Shropshire Council is eager to work further with partners in Shropshire and beyond to expand this capacity and establish the county as a leader in tackling climate change.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

We want to work with and involve Shropshire communities, organisations and residents to tackle the greatest challenge of our life time, climate change.

This workshop aims to do just that. It will inform people of the pressing themes and invite discussion around these.

We’re hoping that the workshop will help us identify projects that are important to the people of Shropshire which have the potential to improve our performance and deliver Shropshire Council Climate Change Strategy’s target of being Carbon Neutral by 2030.

I would strongly encourage people to attend this workshop so we can work together to approach this issue as a county.

While there is still much work to do, Shropshire Council has already seen some success reducing its’ carbon footprint.  For example, 100% of electricity used in all council buildings has come from renewable sources since September 2019 and street lighting is powered by entirely by green electricity.

An image of the solar panels on Shirehall, the HQ of Shropshire Council. A workshop is to be held to inform the climate change strategy for Shropshire.

Solar panels on the roof of Shirehall

Since 2013, Shropshire Council has reduced its carbon footprint by nearly 30%.

This workshop follows the adoption of the Climate Change Strategy Framework by full council on 19 December 2019.

The workshop is free to attend. You will need to register your attendance in advance and you can do so by following this link.