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Read our Climate Action Plan and latest reports

See below on what we’re doing to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies

Our climate action targets are:

  • to become carbon neutral within our own operations by 2025
  • for South Oxfordshire to be a carbon neutral district by 2030

Carbon neutral, or ‘net zero carbon’, means there is a balance between the carbon emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.

Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan outlines the steps we will take to achieve our aim of become carbon neutral within our own operations by 2025, alongside how we will support local efforts to tackle the climate emergency.

You can read our Climate Action Plan for 2022-24 here (PDF)

Climate Action Plan Performance Reports

To ensure that we are delivering on our climate change ambitions, we publish quarterly reports outlining our progress and performance against the measures within the Climate Action Plan.

You can read our 2023-24 Quarter 3 Climate Action Plan performance report here (PDF)

See below the performance highlights for this quarter:

23-24 Quarter 3 performance highlights

You can also read our previous quarterly reports here:

Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

We will continue to monitor our progress in relation to carbon emissions from our own operations through the Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report.

Home Energy Conservation Act Reports

Under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) we must report on measures we’re taking to improve local residential energy efficiency every two years.

Climate and Ecological Emergencies Advisory Committee

Our Climate and Ecological Emergencies Advisory Committee (CEEAC) advises the Cabinet on matters relating to the climate and ecological crises, and recommends actions, policies and practices to reduce damage to the environment. 

Climate Action in our Corporate Plan

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. Our Climate Action Plan sets 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:

  • Set clear standards through building regulations for zero carbon new buildings
  • Facilitate the urgent retrofit of existing homes to ensure we can meet energy targets
  • Provide local government with increased support for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including on-street charging
  • Review and simplify the regulatory framework to allow councils to maximise the use of their assets for electricity generation and battery storage.

In addition, our Corporate Plan includes the specific themes; ‘protect and restore our natural world’ and ‘action on climate emergency’. 

Contact us - Climate and Biodiversity Team

South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE