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Milton Keynes Council aims to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 and close to zero by the year 2050, it’s been announced.

And the public are being urged to get involved to help shape the 2050 vision for a low carbon future by providing feedback on the council’s proposed refresh of its Low Carbon Living Strategy 2010 which is now out for consultation.

Milton Keynes is one of eight European cities to successfully bid for European funding, under the Imagine 2050 project, to encourage energy reduction projects across each city.

The council hopes that as many people as possible will contribute their views on the plans, especially younger people and teenagers who may be parents and grandparents themselves by 2050.

The refreshed strategy sets out the council’s intentions to make the city the ‘go to’ destination for sustainability.

Councillor Mick Legg, Milton Keynes Council’s portfolio holder for public realm services, which includes low carbon, said: “Milton Keynes is already at the forefront of low carbon living with electric buses, vehicle charging points, low carbon housing, alternative energy generation and lighting in public buildings.

“As technology progresses, it will change the way we work, produce energy, construct buildings and what we do for leisure. We need residents and businesses to get involved to make it a reality.”

To mark EU Sustainable Energy Week the council will outline its refreshed strategy at two events held at the Open University’s Walton Hall.

The first is on Wednesday and will address the local energy club, a forum for large business users of energy.

Large companies are invited to get involved and learn more about managing energy efficiency. To book a place visit http://tinyurl.com/o73o77a.

Members of the public are invited to a second meeting on Thursday, which is also at the Open University’s Walton Hall at 5.45pm – for further information email carbon@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

The strategy will be taken onto a European platform where it will be shared with the other seven European cities involved in the project.

 

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