FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

11 February 2021

1.       Has your council declared a climate emergency and produced an action plan/strategy or policy that covers carbon sequestration and offsetting?  If yes, please attached a copy of the policy/strategy or provide a link to the online copy.

2.       Have you, within your existing or planned strategies/policies, considered carbon sequestration and offsetting?  If yes, please outline those plans not included in question 1 or attach a copy or link to an online copy.

3.       What forms of carbon sequestration have you considered, and which have you excluded? What was the basis of that decision?

4.       How have you or do you plan to quantify the extent of carbon sequestration required to offset your carbon emissions within the council? Please provide any figures and equations you have used. What was the basis for using those figures/equations?

5.       Do you as a council or your contractors use any of the offsetting schemes ie Woodland Trust to offset your carbon emissions? If yes, please list those used.



East Herts Council Response

05 March 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

.       Has your council declared a climate emergency and produced an action plan/strategy or policy that covers carbon sequestration and offsetting?  If yes, please attached a copy of the policy/strategy or provide a link to the online copy. Yes climate motion agreed July 2019 although not specially termed as a climate emergency motion. Full details on web site https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/about-east-herts-0/environmental-sustainability  along with action plan which is developing organically and updated monthly. Whist actions on carbon sequestration and offsetting are currently limited it is likely that such actions may be more prominently  considered in the future, but at the current time we are focussing on the key issue of reducing emissions at source with offsetting as a secondary consideration.

2.       Have you, within your existing or planned strategies/policies, considered carbon sequestration and offsetting?  If yes, please outline those plans not included in question 1 or attach a copy or link to an online copy. See response to Q1

3.       What forms of carbon sequestration have you considered, and which have you excluded? What was the basis of that decision? N/A at this stage but as stated in Q1 it is something that we will be looking at in the round in the future after our initial focus on carbon reduction at source.

4.       How have you or do you plan to quantify the extent of carbon sequestration required to offset your carbon emissions within the council? Please provide any figures and equations you have used. What was the basis for using those figures/equations? Yes this is something we would aim to do in the future using data on carbon emissions of the councils own services and also wider data on emission across the district

5.       Do you as a council or your contractors use any of the offsetting schemes ie Woodland Trust to offset your carbon emissions? If yes, please list those used. This is something we are likely to be addressing in the future in terms of considering the use of  offsetting schemes. We do not have specific data on offsetting actions by individual contactor at the current time  

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