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Cardiff Council

Environmental Policy

​​​​​Cardiff Council is a major employer in the South East Wales region and directly employs a workforce of around 11,320 people (April 2020). The Council provides a wide range of services including environmental, social, education and housing for a city population of around 366,903 (mid 2020) and consequently has a significant impact on the local environment, both positive and negative. 

Cardiff Council acknowledges its role and responsibility for the protection and enhancement of the environment. Cardiff Council declared a Climate Emergency in March 2019, and is working towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation and city by 2030, as stated in the in the Council’s One Planet Cardiff Vision.

The Council has a role to lead by example and help deliver environmental improvements both within the organisation, as well as through partnership and collaborative working.

Cardiff Council is committed to:

  • Continual improvement of its environmental performance to minimise adverse effects on the environment, following the sustainable development principles embedded in the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, and the Green Dragon environmental management system;
  • Complying with all relevant environmental legislation and regulations, 
  • Actively encouraging responsible environmental practice by its suppliers, contractors and partners, and
  • Becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.

In particular, Cardiff Council will:

  • Manage activities to ensure that the risk of pollution is controlled, minimised, or eliminated;
  • ​Set and work to achieve environmental objectives that:​
    • Reduce waste and increase recycling rates,
    • Minimise and make efficient use of water and energy, including using renewable and low carbon energy sources where appropriate,
    • Reduce carbon emissions from fleet vehicles,
    • Prioritise sustainable transport modes by encouraging the use of public transport, cycling and walking,
    • Integrate sustainability and circular economy principles in procurement procedures,
    • Promote the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and eco-system resilience;
  • Review performance to ensure continuous environmental improvement; and
  • Raise awareness of sustainable development issues, and particularly combating climate change, within the Council, partner agencies, and members of the public.

October 2020
ul Orders, Chief Executive

Cardiff Council