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City Council cutting tonnes of carbon emissions

Energy efficient council homes, green planning policies and LED street lighting are all part of Milton Keynes City Council’s strategy to cut emissions and become a world leading sustainable city.

The city council has cut carbon emissions by tens of thousands of tonnes in the last five years and modelling shows that it is on course to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Some of the key city council projects as part of this work include:

  • Green homes – work is underway to deliver energy efficiency measures to almost 2,000 council homes, with support from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

  • LED Street Lighting – by spring next year, the city council expects to have converted all of its 56,000 streetlights to low energy LED light, saving tens of thousands of carbon

  • Green policies – through its award-winning Sustainable Construction Planning Document, the city council requires that all future developments in MK meet the highest sustainability standards

MK City Council’s Cabinet will receive an update on the Sustainability Strategy Action Plan at a meeting on 6 February. In addition to the city council’s own work, the Strategy aims to identify opportunities for every person and business in the city to play their part in tackling the climate crisis.

As part of its award-winning £3.5m Economic Recovery Plan, the city council is investing £500,000 to support businesses make sustainability upgrades and employ dedicated staff responsible for cutting emissions. Almost 900 people and businesses have been supported by the fund.

“We’re serious about the climate emergency and will do everything we can to set a good example of a clean, green and sustainable city. Everyone can play their part and we will continue our work to make MK an even better and healthier place to live.”

- Cabinet Member for Climate Sustainability and Innovation, Cllr Shanika Mahendran


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