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Big strides made on tackling carbon emissions

Published: Thursday, 5 May, 2022

Following the adoption of the 2030 Strategy in February 2021, Stroud District Council has published an update report highlighting the work carried out so far.

The aim of the strategy is to enable the whole district to become carbon neutral by 2030.

This includes:

  • £14.4million secured for countywide eco-retrofit of council homes: Part of the funding secured focuses on retrofitting some of the poorest-performing properties in the district which will support those at greatest risk from fuel poverty.
  • Up to 156 tonnes of carbon saved each year: Significant carbon savings are being made through the installation of water source heat pumps at the council owned sites at Ebley Mill and Brimscombe Port Mill.
  • 5,000 trees planted as part of the community project at Salmon Springs:  Stroud District Council has joined forces with Stroud Valleys Project to create a new woodland with more than 5000 new trees.  These trees have been planted at Salmon Springs, on a piece of Stroud District Council0-owned land by. It was formerly grazing land leased to a local farmer, however it became available and is ideal to restore to woodland habitat.
  • Top marks from the UK Climate Scorecards: Stroud District Council came fourth of all 400+ councils in the UK in its work on tackling climate change.  It was one of only three councils which scored 100% for how it is working with its communities in this area.

Council Leader Doina Cornell, said she was pleased with the findings but that the council cannot do this alone:

“Ever since Stroud District Council declared a climate emergency in 2018, we've said we cannot make a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions or reversing ecological damage on our own. 

“We need to work in partnership across our district with all our communities. 

“This report shows exactly how we are doing this and also identifies opportunities for the future.”

You can read the full report on our website:



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