Council to discuss first action plan on environmental sustainability for adult social care


Solihull Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board will discuss a new five year action plan on adult social care environmental sustainability at its meeting on Tuesday 6 September.

The action plan outlines the Council’s approach to choosing and delivering sustainable care and support services with a low carbon impact for adults in Solihull. 

Cllr Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, explains how the action plan contributes to the Council’s intent to protect the environment. “Adult social care is all about supporting people to live well at home. Environmental and climate change plans are essential to achieving this, especially with household budgets under pressure from rising energy costs.  We’re taking positive action such as piloting the use of electric vehicles for the care workforce and sourcing sustainable products and services to minimise the environmental impacts of our activities. 

“We’re also improving energy efficiency in our buildings and sharing that learning with our providers.  Our Day Services South Team, based at Park View, have established a Sustainability Champions Staff Group.  They are doing a great job working with people who attend day opportunities to reduce energy usage and the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

He continues: “By 2027 I believe this action plan will deliver significant results including our first net zero home care visit.  We also know that the effects of climate change and issues such as air pollution are experienced more severely by the poorest in society, so addressing this area also contributes to enhancing social justice.  I look forward to hearing the views of scrutiny board on this action plan next week.”

The final action plan will be published on the Council website in the autumn.

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