Forum shares ideas for carbon neutral district
Published 23rd January 2020
Large group of people in discussions at Climate forum
The challenge of moving to achieve a carbon-neutral district was eagerly taken up by residents, community groups and businesses as a buzz of ideas and suggestions filled the room at Fletchers Lea in Ware last week.

Taking part in East Herts Council’s first Environmental and Climate Forum were more than 120 people who wanted to join the council on its green journey to slash carbon emissions.

Graham McAndrew, executive member for environmental sustainability, said: “This was an exciting step on our journey to our 2030 carbon emissions reduction targets. We were able to bring together residents, local groups, businesses and councillors, all with a desire to work towards a joint goal.

“It was clear from talking to people that there is a real appetite in the community to engage with this issue and to work with the council. We look forward to building on this first meeting of the Environmental and Climate Forum with further meetings around the district. We’re also planning an event specifically focused on schools.”

Round table workshops at the forum explored:

  • transport (private, public and modal shift)
  • waste and recycling (including packaging)
  • planning and development (new development, housing and economic development)
  • energy (energy generation, renewables, energy and water efficiency, both domestic and commercial)
  • biodiversity, agriculture and natural resources (natural habitats, farming, land use, flooding, minerals).

If you’d like to be informed of future forum events, contact david.thorogood@eastherts.gov.uk