The council’s proposed budget for 2022/23, which will be voted on by Full Council on 22 February, has allocated £6.83m to tackling climate change in the district during the upcoming year.

Around £4m will go towards the installation of a solar farm at the Waterbeach depot of Greater Cambridge Shared Waste, the council’s shared waste service with Cambridge City Council.

Just over £1m will go towards equipment, including eRCVs, and activities to help tackle climate change at Greater Cambridge Shared Waste. In 2020, Greater Cambridge Shared Waste began using Cambridgeshire’s first electric bin lorry.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s lead cabinet member for finance, Cllr John Williams, said: ‘These positive budget plans put the environment at their heart and demonstrate exactly how we are working to tackle climate change on a very local level in South Cambridgeshire.

‘We know that local people quite rightly expect us to be taking action to deal with the climate emergency that we face, and these budget plans are proof of how our ambitions are embedded across the council.’