Climate change- what are we already doing?
Our adopted 2018 Local Plans (see glossary) include policies which respond to climate change. We require large scale developments to be exemplars in sustainability standards. For example, by increasing the amount of renewable energy generation on site, or using new construction methods to minimise construction waste and maximise energy efficiency through offsite construction and modular build techniques.
Once adopted in 2020, our new Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document will support these adopted planning policies. However, there needs to be a big step up in order to meet the net zero target by 2050 and we need to start addressing it now.
Cambridgeshire County Council have commissioned new research that will inform the next Local Plan, which will include understanding the level of carbon emissions within the Greater Cambridge (see glossary) area today, known as carbon footprinting (see glossary). This has been carried out in collaboration with the University of Cambridge’s Science Policy Exchange and Department of Land Economy, and the outputs of Carbon Neutral Cambridge’s Zero Carbon Symposium, held in Cambridge in May 2019 will also help inform future policy. We are also commissioning further work to test options for higher standards of carbon reduction, which will help us understand potential to achieve net zero carbon (see glossary) new development.
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