More than 100 actions are to be taken to tackle the climate emergency and make St Albans District carbon neutral by the end of the decade.
The initiatives are part of a sustainability strategy that has been developed over the past year by St Albans City and District Council.
Among the commitments are the creation of more charging points for electric vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of council homes.
From this month, the council will take its energy supplies from a provider that guarantees only renewable sources will be used.
The council agreed in a unanimous vote in July last year to declare a climate emergency and pledged to make the district carbon neutral by 2030.
An update on the past year’s progress was given to a virtual meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday, September 30.
Councillors were told that a cross-party working group was set up and has produced phase one of a sustainability strategy, covering the years 2020 to 2023.
This has addressed several key areas – reducing the energy use of buildings, encouraging greener transport, reducing waste, improving conditions for nature and conserving water.
Councillor Chris White, leader and portfolio holder for climate, environment and transport, said after the meeting: “It is over a year now since the Council created an important piece of local history by declaring a climate emergency.
“We have made that our number one priority and have also committed to making the District carbon neutral by 2030.
“This is a hugely ambitious goal as it means reducing the District’s harmful emissions by an average of 47,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. That is the equivalent of turning off the gas to 16,000 homes every year.
“It is a massive challenge, but a very pressing one that we must rise to and we have already identified more than 100 actions that we will undertake.
“By improving the district’s environment, I have no doubt that we will also be improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing.”