Environment policy and targets

The Kent County Council environment policy (PDF, 915.5 KB) sets out our commitment to:

  • reduce our carbon dioxide emissions
  • make sure our estate and services are adapted to the future impacts and opportunities of climate change
  • contribute positively to Kent's character, local environmental quality and natural environment.

Kent County Council has committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030 for its own estate, operations and traded services. Monitoring against this a target will commence in the 2021-22 financial year.

Our corporate targets up to 2021

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2021. This target was achieved in March 2019, 2 years early. We now aim to achieve a 38% reduction by March 2021 compared to a 2015 baseline.
  • Zero waste to landfill by 2020 - (this target applies to the waste collected and disposed of from our offices and other KCC occupied buildings and not the domestic waste collected by district/ borough councils. A separate Kent wide target applies to domestic waste.) This target was achieved by 2018, we are now focused on reducing our use of single use plastics and other disposable items to avoid unnecessary waste.

These targets apply to our corporate estate (street lighting and buildings) and our business travel (fleet vehicles and staff business mileage). The baseline year is 2015.

A significant contribution to reducing energy and related emissions is due to changing our street lights to LED technology.

What we have already achieved

Our latest greenhouse gas performance data is available in the Environment and Transport section of the council’s published quarterly performance reports. The current greenhouse gas target period is 2016-2021.

We achieved a 15 % reduction in our previous target period 2011-2015. For more information read our final progress report (PDF, 412.9 KB).

All of our services are expected to deliver relevant Kent Environment Strategy priorities and contribute to corporate targets. We review the environment policy annually and provide reports to senior managers regarding progress against the our environment targets. Find out more about the delivery of Kent-wide public sector targets in our environment strategy impact report.