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Council seeks business input into climate action plans

Tackling climate change was on the agenda when business chiefs at one of the Moorlands biggest employers met leading councillors on Friday (7 February).

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Cabinet Members Joe Porter and Edwin Wain visited Lafarge to learn more about their operations and how they are addressing this issue as well as sharing the Council's plans for climate action.

As a mineral business Lafarge is regulated by Staffordshire County Council and the Environment Agency but it's location in the Moorlands means the company will be a key partner in helping to achieve the District Council's target of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Councillor Joe Porter, said: "I'd like to thank the people at Lafarge for taking the time to meet us today to show us their cement making operations and to discuss the work they are doing, and the actions the Council is taking, to address the impact of climate change.

"As one of our biggest employers in the Moorlands I was delighted to be able to begin the conversation with the team at Lafarge about how we can work together. I look forward to continuing our discussions with them, and with businesses across the District, in the coming months."

Councillor Edwin Wain, local ward councillor and Cabinet Member for Planning, Development and Property, added: "Lafarge is a valued and important business providing employment to hundreds of Moorlands residents and contributing to the local economy.

"Retaining and attracting new businesses to the District remains a key priority for the Council. We want to continue to foster good relationships where we can work in partnership and have honest conversations on the key issues and topics affecting our communities such as the one we've now begun with Lafarge."

Speaking on behalf of Lafage, Cauldon, Hannah Clark who is their Environment Coordinator said "Climate change and reducing our carbon usage is a key focus for us as a business. We are pleased to be able to work closely with the local council to ensure we deliver on this commitment. There are a number of initiatives currently being worked on to help make sure we can meet our goals of becoming even more environmentally friendly".