Climate Change - what we are doing
Severe weather events in the borough have shown that the global issue of climate change is now a local problem and reducing the area’s carbon emissions and planning for the effects of extreme weather is high on our agenda.
The Council's Climate Change Strategy
The council adopted a new Climate Change Strategy in April 2014 to set out how it is seeking to address the issue of climate change locally. It included the adoption of national targets around carbon emission reductions and the use of renewable energy. The following three pledges underpin the work the council is doing on climate change:
- To lead by example in reducing its carbon emissions year on year.
- To help residents, community groups and businesses to reduce their emissions and manage climate risks.
- To work with partners to help raise awareness and support initiatives to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The council refreshed its strategy in 2017, to bring it up to speed with other local and national developments in the climate change agenda. Read the updated Climate Change Strategy.
Some of the council's recent activity in areas addressing climate change have been summarised in this handy infographic, Activity on Climate Change.
Climate local commitment
In Summer 2014, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Service and the Environment, Councillor Hayley Eachus signed the Climate Local Commitment. This recognises that our council has an important role to help our residents and businesses to capture the opportunities and benefits of action on climate change. These include saving money on energy bills, generating income from renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, supporting new sources of energy, managing local flood-risk and water scarcity and protecting our natural environment.
Sustainable living is about promoting social, economic and environmental wellbeing all at the same time. The aim is to improve the quality of life for people today as well as thinking about those who will live after us. This means achieving social and economic progress but without draining or damaging the resources in the natural environment that actually support our own survival.
We are committed to working towards sustainable development as set out in our Sustainability Policy which can be viewed below. Sustainable Development is included in the Sustainable Community Strategy providing a vision to improve quality of life for everyone who lives, works in or visits the area.
Carbon Management achievements
Carbon reduction - 2007 to 2012
We successfully reduced our carbon emissions by 21% between 2007 and 2012, please see report below. We are continuing to drive forward low carbon actions and behaviours to achieve more reductions, further financial savings and to present a good example to communities and partners in the borough.
Carbon Management Study - November 2012
Working with URS Scott Wilson, we produced a Carbon Management Study, which you can read below setting out how the council would reduce its carbon footprint over the next few years. This study has helped inform budgetary decisions and fed into the review of the Climate Change Strategy. A commitment has been made to reduce carbon emissions in the council's own buildings and operations year on year. Take a look at the Carbon Reporting documents below for more details on progress to date.
Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA)
As part of our work in supporting residents to heat their homes more efficiently, we have published a Statement of Intent, which outlines how we will determine households eligible for support through the government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme. This is called Flexible Eligibility and allows us to set criteria which go beyond the list of certain benefits which otherwise qualify residents for funding to install energy efficiency measures. If you would like to further information please contact the Climate Change Team using the message link at the bottom of the page.
The HECA requires all local authorities to produce annual reports on domestic energy performance across all residential properties in their area. Reports have to set out actions and opportunities that councils are proposing to improve the energy efficiency of housing in their areas, reduce fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions.
Our HECA reports for 2014, 2015 and 2017 are available to view below.
Information on support and advice available for businesses
Please see our Climate change for business page for information on support and advice available for businesses.
Contact the team
Climate Change team
If you have an enquiry about climate change or sustainability, send a message to the Climate Change Team