MORE details have been revealed on Anglesey County Council’s masterplan to try to achieve carbon neutrality within a decade.

In September 2020, the authority formally declared a climate emergency after backing a motion urging the need for action.

On the back of that vote, it has committed to working towards a carbon neutral public sector by 2030.

Councillor John Arwel Roberts’ successful motion asked the council to follow the Welsh Government’s lead, which formally declared a climate emergency in 2019.

Last week the council approved moving ahead on a variety of projects including the appointment of a climate change programme manager and working group.

Actions that the council has undertaken taken to date include:

  • Initiating more electric vehicle charging points on the island
  • Increasing the number of electric council fleet vehicles
  • Continuing to target 70 per cent of all household waste to be recycled
  • Creating new walking and cycling routes.

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The council's deputy chief executive, Mr Dylan Williams, said: “What’s being proposed isn’t something we’ll achieve in six months, but is about going on a journey and changing how we do things as an authority, as teams and as individuals."

Mr Williams said the need to tackle climate change would only grow in the coming years.

“I see this, to some degree, in the same way as our experience with recycling.

“The main reason it has worked on Anglesey is down to how we targeted and educated young people, who went on to hold their parents to task as to why they weren’t recycling certain items.

“I think that sets a good foundation as we move forward in this field.” 

As the council pushes forward its plans, local Conservative MP Virginia Crosbie sought assurances from the UK Government on what was being done to help ramp up the use of electric vehicles.

Ms Crosbie asked the Department for Transport (DFT) what support automotive repair businesses could expect to assist them transition to electric vehicles and for their mechanics to be retrained.

A DFT spokesperson said the government was working with the Institute of the Motor Industry to ensure that the UK’s mechanics workforce "continues to be well-trained and gain the necessary skills".

Anglesey County Council's climate change plan will be presented to the executive for final approval.