Harlow Council commits to net zero by 2040

It has agreed to cut emissions by 50% by 2026 and only buy EVs from 2022

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Harlow Council has pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

It has released a new ‘Carbon Reduction Plan’, looking to halve its emissions by 2026 from 2015 levels and curb more emissions from the council’s operations across the next five years.

It has agreed to only buy electric vehicles (EVs) from next year and install no new gas boilers in its operational buildings from 2025.

Councillor Alastair Gunn, said: “The council’s decision to set a target for net zero for the first time ever is an important statement to the town and to businesses and organisations.

“Harlow Council is serious about tackling climate change and we all need to and can do our bit for Harlow’s future. Getting this right is critical to making Harlow an even greater engine for opportunity and prosperity in the East of England.”