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Hertfordshire County Council

Sustainable Hertfordshire

A cleaner, greener, more environmentally sustainable county.

 

 

 

 

We've since set out our commitments to make Hertfordshire cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

We want to:

 

1. Lead in our own operations

That's how we work, provide services and manage our buildings.

As an organisation, we want to be:

 

2. Enable sustainability with our programmes, policies and decisions

For example, through our planning policies and how we dispose of waste.

In Hertfordshire, we want:

 

3. Inspire businesses and residents to take action

We will help residents lead a sustainable life and support businesses to grow. We'll take action together with other organisations. We will:

  • ask energy companies to develop a regional net zero energy strategy
  • work with our partners in the private sector to investigate opportunities for increased investment in sustainable developments across the county
  • support public transport growth, including taxi, bus and rail
  • encourage walking and cycling over car travel and promote more low emission vehicles and charging points
  • triple efficiency of material use by 2050.

 

 

 

 

Climate change is the long-term shift in the planet’s weather patterns and temperatures.

In the UK, 19 of the 20 hottest years have occurred since 2001.

 

 

Climate change has impacted Hertfordshire in the following ways:

Droughts

The Environment Agency declared an environmental drought in Hertfordshire in 2019.

Climate change will result in worsening water quality in our rivers and could limit the supply of water in our homes.

More about drought in Hertfordshire

Flooding

As with much of the UK, properties in Hertfordshire are at risk from increased flooding, cause by an increase in extreme weather events as a result of climate change. Our Local Flood Risk Management Strategy outlines how flooding impacts our local communities in Hertfordshire.

Read the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (PDF, 9.4MB)

 

 

 

 

 

Progress so far...

 

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Wildlife

  • Implemented a Pollinator strategy (PDF 4.25MB) to optimise the use of county council owned land.
  • Successfully secured £3.5m funding for Hertfordshire's public green spaces. This money has been invested in 53 sites across Hertfordshire.
  • Worked in partnership with the district and borough councils to produce Green Space Action Plans for local authority areas which seek to conserve green spaces.

 

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Transport

  • Completed 37 projects to improve access to local facilities through sustainable modes of travel. 
  • Along with our volunteers, led over 65,000 Hertfordshire Health Walks in 2018/19.
  • Improved some of Hertfordshire’s 3,167km of footpaths, bridleways and byways.
  • Our partner Ringway has switched their energy supplier so that all depots run on 100% renewable energy.

 

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Waste

  • Introduced reuse facilities where residents can donate their unwanted goods, preventing waste.
  • Collaborate with Hertfordshire Waste Partnership to deliver the WasteAware campaign, reducing waste across the county.
  • Tackled waste in our buildings, including: removing single use plastic cups and disposable coffee cups, introducing metal cutlery in our canteens, and improving our collection of recyclable materials.

 

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Energy

Achieved 40.6% carbon reduction between 2013/14 – 2018/19 in our non-schools property by:

  • improving energy use in our buildings through heating and cooling system controls
  • changing street lights to LEDs
  • upgrading mechanical and electrical systems, such as new boilers and heating systems.

 

We're currently taking key actions from the sustainability strategy through our democratic process. Once confirmed, these actions will help us tackle climate change and improve sustainability in Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

Give us your thoughts

 

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Feedback on our sustainability strategy

We'd also be grateful for your thoughts on our Sustainable Hertfordshire strategy (PDF, 2.7MB).

 

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