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Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy

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Climate change remains arguably the greatest threat to the world and air quality issues threaten damage to our health. The impacts of these issues are not just confined to the other side of the world but are expected to have significant impacts locally and for our residents, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community. That is why we must all step up and take action.

And tackling these issues will bring a whole host of benefits to our borough, creating a healthier place to live and work, providing new jobs and helping tackle social issues such as fuel poverty.

This strategy sets out a framework for us to take action to tackle these issues and meet the ambitious targets set out in our Climate Emergency declaration, in particular:

  • Becoming carbon neutral in council operations by 2025
  • Working towards Basingstoke and Deane borough being carbon neutral by 2030.

Key areas for action

Action by all - the need for everyone in the borough to contribute
Buildings - tackling emissions from heating and powering our buildings
Transport - tackling emissions from vehicles
Zero carbon electricity - supporting the transition to a decarbonised electricity system
Waste and consumption - reducing waste and consumption
Natural environment - maximising the climate mitigation and adaptation qualities of the natural environment

As a council, we think we need to:

  • Lead by example as a community leader, especially in tackling our own emissions
  • Enable by facilitating change through policies and strategies, detail of which may be developed elsewhere, but with tackling climate change and air quality at their core.
  • Inspire by educating, encouraging and empowering our residents, businesses and communities to take action

Further details are set out in the full strategy below.

PDF document Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy(PDF) [2 Mb]

PDF document Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy - Equality Impact Assessment(PDF) [185 kb]

Action plans

The action plans accompany the strategy and include further detail of the actions we intend to implement in each area. The action plans will be updated at least annually, to account for new actions and progress made to date.

PDF document Climate Emergency Action Plan 2023 to 2024(PDF) [904 kb]

PDF document Climate Emergency Action Plan 2022 to 2023(PDF) [447 kb]

PDF document Climate Emergency Action Plan 2021 to 2022(PDF) [404 kb]

PDF document Climate Emergency Action Plan 2020 to 2021(PDF) [349 kb]

Contact the team

If you have an enquiry about climate change or sustainability, send a message to the Climate Change Team

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