Sustainability and climate change

3. Our environmental policy

Our environmental policy provides a framework for action and for the setting of environmental objectives and targets.

  • prevent environmental pollution arising from its own operations. We'll do this by meeting the requirements of all relevant environmental legislation and use its powers to minimise the impact of others within the borough
  • minimise the volume of waste we generate and within the borough
  • safeguard and enhance natural habitats and species, and preserve the nature and character of the borough
  • promote environmental awareness to local schools, businesses and communities
  • support environmental initiatives that improve health and wellbeing
  • balance the need to enhance the built environment with measures that reduce the environmental impact of development
  • encourage the reduced consumption of natural resources and energy
  • operate a purchasing policy that:
    • avoids the use of environmentally damaging products, packaging and services
    • encourages the reuse and use of recycled materials
    • promotes the purchase of items that can have a positive effect on the environment. For example; FSC timber, fresh food sourced from local growers and producers demonstrating reasonable steps to promote biodiversity and limit environmental damage
  • provide information and support to both the public and our staff to encourage interest in environmental matters
  • comply with environmental legislation while making sure that our contractors do too
  • review the environmental policy every 3 years and annually assess the effectiveness of our environmental management system to reflect the current objectives and targets of the council
  • commit appropriate levels of staff and financial resources to deliver the aims of the environmental policy
  • develop strategic partnerships with local, regional and national organisations to improve the management of environmental issues
  • reduce the impact of our activities on global environmental issues. For example; climate change, ozone destruction, resource depletion, loss of habitat and biodiversity