The climate and ecological crises are the greatest challenges facing our society. To acknowledge this and take action, in February 2019, we joined a growing number of local authorities that have declared a climate emergency; and in February 2021 we declared an ecological emergency.
Our climate action targets are to:
Carbon neutral, or ‘net zero carbon’, means there is a balance between the carbon emissions produced by an entity and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Offsetting might be used to achieve this in some circumstances.
Climate change is the change in average conditions, such as temperature or rainfall, over a long period of time. With increases in the Earth’s temperature since the industrial revolution, our weather and biodiversity have been impacted.
Our Corporate Plan prioritises climate and ecological work through the plan’s themes of ‘protect and restore our natural world’ and ‘action on climate emergency’, highlighting that the climate and ecological emergencies are important areas of work for the council. We are also developing a climate action plan which will set out how we will achieve our carbon neutral targets in our own operations and across the district.
In addition to strategy development, we have lobbied government to:
In addition, our Corporate Plan includes the specific themes; ‘protect and restore our natural world’ and ‘action on climate emergency’. We are developing our Climate Action Plan – watch this space.