Waterford Co Council was the first local authority in Ireland to adopt a climate change strategy and was to the forefront of sustainable development.

So says Director of Services Frank Curran, who spoke about how the new strategy clearly sets out a suite of initiatives designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the local authority. It will be rolled out to the broader community with the development and advocacy of renewable energy technology and waste reduction among communities and businesses around the county.

The Council is poised to play a key role in sustaining the natural and built environment while accommodating development and providing a range of services to local communities, Mr Curran added.

Under the Corporate Plan 2011-2017 the Council will strive to create sustainable communities that protect the natural environment. Strategies adopted include a one-third reduction in C02 by 2020; the promotion of the highest standards of water and air quality, and the promotion of sustainable waste management.