Rotherham Council has become the first local authority is South Yorkshire to commit to the Local Government Association scheme Climate Local.
The scheme supports councils to reduce carbon emissions and also to improve resilience to the affects of changing climate and extreme weather.
The commitment was signed by Rotherham Council leader, Coun Roger Stone and will assist the council in addressing climate change and to build on its existing achievements.
David Rhodes, corporate environmental manager for Rotherham said: “Signing up to the Climate Local scheme confirms our commitment to improving our environment, reducing carbon emissions and improving our resilience to a changing climate.”
Coun Ken Wyatt, who chairs the environment and climate change group, added: “I am delighted that Rotherham is leading the way in this important area.”
“Clearly this undertaking is a firm commitment to ensuring that we are fully aware of the opportunities that exist to provide the best possible services to the people of Rotherham.”
The council is keen to hear from anyone who has suggestions on how it can improve its environmental performance in these times of austerity.
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