“A greener and more sustainable Luton by 2040.”

This is the Council’s town target, outlined in the strategic plan “Luton 2020-2040 – A place to thrive”. The final report, supported by the public consultation that took place in 2020, was presented yesterday, at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

In the report presented yesterday, Keith Dove, Strategy Policy Consultant of the Luton Council, says:

“This important commitment will be at the heart of the vision for the city, helping to improve the quality of life for our residents and making our economy sustainable for future generations.”

“All services will be asked to focus on this when completing their service plans. In addition to these direct implications related to the strategic priority of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2040, some strategic actions will also contribute to improving Luton’s environment, like a greater social responsibility and behavior change for the use of more active and sustainable travel.”

According to the report, this commitment will require everybody to play a role in reducing emissions and changing behavior to make Luton a greener city.

In Luton, some organizations have already started taking important steps towards a more sustainable environment. That’s the case of the University of Bedfordshire, an institution that, for the second consecutive year, has been awarded Platinum certification by EcoCampus, which is an organization that inspects higher and further education institution’s progress through four phases of certification, measured against an international standard. At each stage, an independent audit is carried out to assess whether an establishment meets the necessary requirements to be awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Adam Higgin, Head of Sustainability of the University of Bedfordshire, says:

“Staff and students can contribute to the University’s sustainability targets personally by considering the environmental impacts of the products they buy. Not all countries that manufacture the products we buy, such as clothing, have the same environmental standards as the UK or EU, and this is worth thinking about when making purchases.”

“In general, we can all buy and waste less by reusing or repairing things, recycling packaging and using less water and energy wherever we can.”

The council’s plan is to achieve the Carbon Zero goal in Luton by 2040, but the report presented yesterday states that immediate action will be taken over the next five years.

This video outline the main purposes of council’s plan for 2040.

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