These are a few of the policies relating to the environment and climate change that Bradford Council works towards.
The UN Convention on Climate Change
The UK Government has signed the Kyoto Protocol, UK committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% between 1990-2012. This will be replaced by The Copenhagen Accord.
The Climate Change Act 2008
The Climate Change Act 2008 sets target for reducing the UK greenhouse gas emissions, various Carbon Budgets to meet these targets have also been set.
- Reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 relative to 1990 levels
- Reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 relative to 1990 levels
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan plots how the UK will meet the 34% cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020. We have already reduced emissions by 21% equivalent to cutting emissions entirely from four cities the size of London.
Local Government Policies
To meet the national and international policies, Bradford Council helps the district to adapt to climate change and reduce its carbon emissions.
Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory scheme to improve energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations, including council buildings.
Display Energy Certificates
Display Energy Certificates (DECs) must be displayed in all large public buildings to show how energy efficient they are.
Home Energy Conservation Act 1995
The Home Energy Conservation Act makes Bradford Council responsible for improving and promoting energy efficiency in housing.
Planning Policy Statements
Planning policy for planning and the environment is set out in Planning Policy Statements
Memorandum of Understanding
Local government has committed to central government through a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce carbon emissions from their own estate and operations and encourage and enable residents, businesses and visitors to also cut emissions.
Bradford Council Policies
The Corporate Plan includes Strategic Delivery Priorities (SDP) for the district.
SDP 4 – Assuring a better approach to sustainability
SDP14 – Contributing to a more sustainable environment
Climate Change Strategy
Bradford has its own Climate Change Strategy for the Bradford District.