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Plan to make council net zero approved

​​​​​​​Swansea Council is to introduce a plan that will help it go net zero carbon by 2030.

Council electric vehicle

Council electric vehicle

A draft plan to reach this milestone in the fight against climate change was approved by the council's ruling cabinet on December 15.

The plan could cost around £187m over the next eight years. It'd see the council achieve a balance between the greenhouse gases it puts into the atmosphere and those it takes out - net zero carbon. 

Around £4m of the figure is already budgeted for. The council would look for most of the other funding to come from national governments and from council updates and improvements to processes and equipment that deliver long-term savings.

A report from council joint deputy leader Andrea Lewis outlined the plan.

It also detailed some of the work already being undertaken as the organisation works on nature recovery and its aim to make Swansea net zero by 2050.

Cllr Lewis said: "Our net zero 2030 delivery plan is an important step on our journey - and it outlines the significant financial costs involved.

"Those costs cannot fall only to the local tax payer. Both national governments will need to ensure significant funding is available to deliver the changes required to allow us to meet the aspirations for 2030 and 2050."

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