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Tackling Climate Change RCT

Rhondda Cynon Taf is putting Climate Change at the centre of what we do

We also want to play our part to protect the planet and our County Borough from the effects of Climate Change both today and in the future.

Our aim is that by 2030, we will be a Carbon Neutral Council and the County Borough will be as close as possible to Carbon Neutral as we can get by then.  

To get there, we will work more closely with our residents, communities and partners, sharing resources, knowledge and expertise so that we can help to tackle the challenges of Climate Change together.

We're already working towards a greener RCT by;

  • Purchasing 100% of our electrical energy supply from renewable energy sources.
  • Converting all our street lights, approx. 29,700 to LED or equivalent resulting in a 75% reduction in energy used since 2015/16.
  • Installing 105 Solar Panel arrays across schools and corporate buildings.
  • Installing 21 Hydrogen Fuel Cells in leisure centres, schools and offices.

See for yourself some more examples of how we’re working towards a greener RCT:

Using Taffs Well Thermal Spring to heat part of Ffynnon Taf Primary School 

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View the Taffs Well Thermal Spring video in full screen on YouTube

Saving residents energy through the ‘Arbed Scheme’ at Penrhiwceiber

View the Penrhiwceiber video in full screen on YouTube

 

Supporting volunteer litter picking groups in Beddau and Tynant

View the Beddau and Tynant Litter Picking video in full screen on YouTube

Encouraging and supporting nature like the Maerdy Monster at Maerdy Colliery

View the Maerdy Monster video in full screen on YouTube

We all need to do more to combat climate change. Small steps, that join together, can make a BIG difference, such as:

  • Using our cars less and walking, cycling or taking public transport more.
  • Shopping locally, using less single use plastics and buying less ‘fast fashion’.
  • Using less energy in our homes and work.
  • Making sure our homes are more energy efficient using renewable energy where we can.
  • Looking after our natural environment.
  • Eating more plant-based meals.

People and communities are doing great work in the County Borough, including re-using and recycling, local litter picks; growing and sharing fresh fruit and vegetables and planting bee-friendly plants in their garden. However, we all need to do much more if we are to make a real difference.

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