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Environment and Planning

Policies and targets

These are a few of the policies relating to the environment and climate change that Bradford Council works towards.

International Policies

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.

National Policies

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

Corporate Plan

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.

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