Calderdale’s future is set to be greener

Bear of Hebden Bridge Transition Town, summer 2011
Bear of Hebden Bridge Transition Town, summer 2011

CALDERDALE Council could soon lead the way in being eco-friendly.

After taking on advice from the Hebden Bridge Transition Town (HBTT) group, councillors agreed to implement new “green” policies.

These include strengthening regulations that affect all new buildings to ensure a much higher level of environmental standards and working with its partners to reduce carbon emissions over the coming decades to achieve a low carbon economy.

Leader of the council Janet Battye said: “All construction, refurbishment and maintenance of council buildings will now be carried out to a high environmentally-friendly standard that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use resources sustainably and efficiently and lead to less pollution.

“Implementing this policy will show that Calderdale Council takes our environment seriously”

Bear, from HBTT, said the Calderdale’s Energy Future document was “very good for the area”.

“The strategy covers a wide range of issues that need to be addressed, and invites the whole community to get behind it,” he said.

“This is a great piece of work, and if we all take it seriously and join in the only way is up. It ticks all my boxes, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Liberal Democrat candidate for Todmorden in the May election Olwen Jennings: “The council has adopted very ambitious targets for carbon emission reduction – a 40 per cent reduction by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050, both from the 2005 baseline.”