Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 17 December 2012
Report of the Leader
Updated Environment Policy
Purpose of the Report
1. To present Cabinet with an updated Environmental Policy for endorsement.
1. That this revised Environmental Policy is endorsed by the Cabinet.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. To show a high level support for the environment and to gain commitment to the contents of the policy.
2. Green Dragon is the Welsh Assembly Government approach to improving sustainability. It provides a series of stages aligned with ISO14001 and allows an organisation to receive recognition for each stage reached.
3. All sections of the Council have achieved a Green Dragon award, ranging from level 2 to level 5 (the highest level achievable).
4. The Vale of Glamorgan Council originally adopted an Environmental Policy on 15 January 2003, with further revisions in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Relevant Issues and Options
5. An annually updated Environmental Policy is a requirement of Green Dragon. It is a written statement outlining the organisation's mission in relation to managing the environmental effects and aspects of its operations. The Environmental Policy is the cornerstone of the development and implementation of an environmental management system. A copy is attached at appendix 1.
6. The benefits associated with adopting the revised Environmental Policy include:
· assuring customers of commitment to demonstrable environmental management
· maintaining good public/community relations
· enhancing image
· improving cost control
· reducing incidents that result in liability
· conserving raw materials and energy
· sharing environmental solutions
· improving industry/government relations.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
7. All resource implications will be met from existing budgets. Reducing the use of natural resources (such as energy and waste) can result in cost savings.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
8. The Green Dragon award is assessed annually, and has contributed significantly to reducing carbon emissions, waste and pollution.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
9. An environmental management system and environmental policy have positive legal benefits in that they identify environmental risks, and ensure that procedures are in place for reducing the environmental impact of an organisation, thus reducing incidents that could result in liability.
Crime and Disorder Implications
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
12. The draft Corporate Plan sets out the Council's commitment to promoting sustainability and the Environment Policy is a key strand in achieving that ambition.
Policy Framework and Budget
13. This is a matter for executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
15. Corporate Resources
Beverly Noon, Operational Manager - Corporate Policy and Communications
Corporate Environmental Forum
Sian Davies, Managing Director