As a result of political commitment from all parties within the Council and agreement from Cabinet a draft Borough-Wide Climate Change Strategy has been developed as a response to the council’s Climate Emergency Declaration and as a next-step after the publication of their Corporate Carbon Descent plan (2021), which solely focuses on emission reductions from the council’s own operations.
The strategy has used an evidence-based approach to develop the draft actions which the council, stakeholders and residents can take to ensure a reduction in emissions across the borough. The proposed actions for the strategy have been divided into seven thematic areas:
- Buildings and Energy Efficiency
- Natural Environment
- Waste and Resource Consumption
- Renewable Energy Generation
- Communities and Engagement
The portfolio holder for Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction and the Climate Emergency Advisory Panel, supported by the Sustainability Team have led on the creation of this draft strategy, proposed action plan and resident engagement activities. This draft plan has also been developed in full collaboration with all departments across the council.