Hampshire County Council assesses its environmental footprint as part of its wider sustainability performance framework, a bespoke methodology using the Aalborg Commitments which has received national recognition by the IDeA as best practice. The Aalborg framework includes scores on how Hampshire is performing in areas including energy, water, biodiversity, soil, air & vehicle mileage. These are aggregated to give a score for natural resources.
A particular priority has been given to reducing the County Council's carbon footprint. The Council is committed to reducing its carbon emissions in support of the Government's new overall target of 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. At its full Council meeting in November 2007, the County Council set an ambition to become carbon zero. In March 2008 the County Council's Cabinet took the first steps towards realising this ambition by agreeing a framework for addressing the Carbon Reduction Commitment in relation to its buildings and street lighting. This builds on the extensive works that the County Council has already achieved to upgrade the thermal performance of its building stock and is in addition to the efficiencies it is making in the performance of its transport management fleet.
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