In response to the council’s Climate Emergency Declaration in 2019, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have set a commitment to review the actions that it needs to take to address this emergency.  Including how the wider community, businesses, organisations and individuals can be encouraged to make their own contributions to help the Borough achieve Net Zero.

Summary

A draft Borough-Wide Climate Change Strategy is currently in development, as a response to the council’s Climate Emergency Declaration and as a next-step after the publication of the Corporate Carbon Descent plan (2021), which solely focuses on emission reductions from the council’s own operations.

The strategy will use 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 Sustainability Team, supported by the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction and the Climate Emergency Advisory Panel, is leading on the creation of this strategy, proposed action plan and  engagement activities. This strategy is also being developed in full collaboration with all departments across the council.