Dacorum Borough Council is one of many local authorities that have declared a climate emergency. In 2019, they made a pledge for themselves to become net zero as an organisation by 2030, in line with UK targets underpinned by the Paris Agreement1.
Although wider carbon emissions are outside of their direct control, they have also pledged to support the entire borough, including housing stock, to reach net zero by 2050 by working alongside individuals, community groups, businesses and schools.
Their Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy and Action Plan is currently under development, but required more insight and data for them to pin down exact carbon emission targets and objectives. To define the best route to net zero, including learning what areas and homes are in most need of energy efficiency interventions and support to reduce carbon emissions, they needed a comprehensive report of their domestic housing stock.
Additionally, a large aspect of being able to reduce carbon emissions as a local authority is having the capability to fund the work required. By working on collating this data, Dacorum understood that this would help support them in many future funding applications as well as supporting residents with accessing funding themselves.