North Somerset Council is Carbon Literate

8:57am - 18 December 2020

Work to promote Carbon Literacy among staff has been recognised as North Somerset Council has achieved the Bronze Award from the Carbon Literacy Trust.

Carbon Literacy is 'an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.'

Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset Council's executive member for climate emergency, said: "This accreditation as a Carbon Literate organisation is a visible 'badge' that shows we are both committed to Carbon Literacy and serious about establishing and maintaining a low carbon culture. 

"This bronze award means that we have implemented a training programme across the organisation and that senior management – including Leader of the Council, Don Davies – have received training. In the future we aim to achieve higher levels of accreditation, demonstrating a higher level of commitment through training a significant number of our staff and supporting partner organisations and members of our community to increase their Carbon Literacy as well."

Carbon Literacy at the council began with a full day of training run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy. This course was specifically aimed at local authority councillors and senior officers and North Somerset Council was the first to take part in this course. 

Cllr Petty added: "We're running officers' training at least once a month and seeing a fantastic response from those taking part. We’re the first Carbon Literate Organisation in the South West and the first English Carbon Literate local authority outside Greater Manchester, where the scheme originated. 

"This is a great step on our journey to becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and demonstrating that everyone has a part to play."