Climate Change impacts on Historic Environment
Sedgemoor District Council works to protect and enhance the environment and reduce the impact of its buildings and services on the planet but we can and must do more to achieve the ambitious targets we have set ourselves.
In 2020, the five Somerset Local Authorities - Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset West & Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council - passed resolutions to declare or recognise 'Climate Emergencies' and have since agreed to collaborate to produce and deliver an ambitious, joint Climate Emergency Strategy encompassing the county of Somerset.
To be a carbon neutral borough by 2030 requires the support of everyone - a collective responsibility, pooling the ideas, expertise, energy and enthusiasm of residents, partners, groups and businesses in Sedgemoor.
To ensure we are supporting the 'Climate Emergency', a large proportion of our existing building stock are not necessarily Listed Buildings but are constructed from historic materials that can be easily modified without the need to demolish. By not demolishing our existing historic structures, we preserve the embedded carbon footprint that is locked in to the standing structure. The regeneration of older structures, either industrial buildings or dwellings is not only the most sensible approach to climate change but also retains the character of our local area and assists with the communal memory of our towns ,villages and open spaces.
The demolition of a building not only increases CO2 emissions it also produces extremely high volumes of waste.