Climate Change

Our strategy

In June 2019, the council declared a climate change emergency and set itself the target of being net zero by 2030.  This means that the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere will be no more than the amount we remove. 

We have also committed to:

  1. Reducing carbon emissions from our own estate and operations to net zero by 2030, or a justification for a later date if the review finds this unachievable.
  2. Comply with statutory obligations to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  3. Support, encourage and engage residents, communities, businesses and other partners to reduce carbon emissions with the aim to be Net Zero as a borough by 2050.
  4. Embed climate change mitigation and adaptation into our plans, strategies and policies.
  5. Reduce carbon emissions across the borough by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy, sustainable transport and behavioural change.

We have created a cross-party Climate Change Member Group to maintain our understanding of international agreements, national policies, local strategies and identify possible actions that need to be taken.

See our 2023 Climate Change Strategy

Our Climate Change Action Plan

We have an action plan that sets out actions we and our partners are taking to tackle climate change.

View our climate change action plan