The report was introduced by Rebecca Couch -Lead Commissioner – Strategic Policy and Performance who confirmed that the report sets out the development of the energy strategy which is a significant update on the strategy from 2015. The committee noted that the energy strategy is aligned with sustainable future strategy as well as the corporate waste and environment strategies.
The key themes proposed for the strategy were highlighted as follows -
· Targets and Standards
· Property Construction and Maintenance Standards
· Renewable Energy
· Environmental Impact
· Community Engagement
It was confirmed that once the strategy has been developed there will be an action plan put in place which will set the council’s current construction standards and make recommendations in relation to how these may need to change.
The Energy Strategy will also identify how the Council will support the responsible management of energy and utilities in all estate operations and net zero emissions for the County by 2050 by working with public sector
and other partners and community groups.
Following a question from Councillor Sarah Boad it was confirmed that both financial and environmental implications are key drivers in the strategy’s development.
That the Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee considers and comments on the approach to the development of the Energy Strategy, including specifically the scope, the framework and the proposals for stakeholder engagement.