Carmarthenshire County Council
Sustainable development emerged as a key issue for local authorities in 1992 when the United Nations Earth Summit agreed a comprehensive programme of action for the 21st Century entitled Agenda 21.
All municipalities around the world were asked to create their own Local Agenda 21 plans.
Carmarthenshire County Council has initially used the Local Agenda 21 process to promote sustainable development and this is has now been subsumed into the community planning process. Sustainable development is a one of the central organising principles for the Council's work. The Council has developed a Climate Change Strategy which was approved by the Cabinet in March 2006. This states that the Council's fleet travels more than 8 million miles per year, and business travel by staff accounts for another 3.8 million miles.
The strategy says the Council should:
The actions taken by the Council in relation to climate change include:
Following the approval of the Climate Change Strategy, the Council's Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee set up three task and finish groups to look at energy use issues in for the Council's buildings, public transport and fleet management. The fleet management task and finish group is due to start its work in late 2008 and will report its findings in mid-2009.
Nevertheless, some of the actions in the Climate Change Strategy have already been progressed within the Fleet Management department. These actions have included rationalisation of waste collection rounds.
Other actions taken by the Council to minimise the environmental impact of their fleet include:
The Council is also planning to carry out the following actions:
Contact Name: Kendal Davies
Contact Role: Sustainable Development Manager
Contact Telephone: 01267 224667
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org