Thoughts on a low carbon future for Milton Keynes

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Building on Milton Keynes’ reputation as a pioneer of low carbon initiatives, Milton Keynes Council’s Sustainability Team has produced a carbon reduction strategy in the form of a Roadmap which is now out for consultation until the end of August.

Milton Keynes has been chosen as one of eight European cities to take part in Imagine 2050, an EU funded project, working on a vision for a low carbon future. As the project nears completion at the end of 2014, it has contributed to a handbook of good examples for reducing carbon which will be made available to other European cities and a Roadmap - a strategy for Milton Keynes to approach near zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

The Roadmap is the culmination of ideas from workshops held over the past two years which gathered ideas and opinions from a broad cross-section of Milton Keynes citizens. The council invites residents to view the document, complete a short web survey and provide constructive feedback and goal-driven comments which will be considered for inclusion in the final report to the European Partners and for the refresh of the Low Carbon Living Strategy 2010.

Councillor Mick Legg, Cabinet Member responsible for Public Realm Services, said: “We hope that as many people as possible will view the document and report back with their views on the plans. We’d particularly like to hear from younger people and teenagers who may be parents and grandparents themselves by 2050.”

The strategy will be taken onto a European forum where it will be shared with the other seven European cities involved in the Imagine 2050 project. These are: Munich (Germany), Lille (France), Odense (Denmark), Figueres (Spain), Modena (Italy), Bistrita (Romania) and Dobrich (Bulgaria). More information on the project can be found at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mk2050.

For further information on low carbon living and energy saving visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/carbon.