Our Climate Emergency
Climate change is happening and is due to human activity, this includes global warming and greater risk of flooding, droughts and heat waves.
The UK has already been affected by rising temperatures. Ten of the warmest years in the UK have occurred since 1990 with the nine warmest occurring since 2002.
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.
We have now declared a Climate Emergency and set out our approach to tackling this in our Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy.
At the meeting of Council on 18 July 2019, councillors unanimously called for a climate emergency to be declared, recognising the urgent need to take action to tackle this important issue through the council's own work, that of our partners and in our communities. At a Cabinet meeting on 10 September 2019, a Climate Emergency was declared, in line with the aims of the Motion considered at Council on 18 July 2019.
The council agreed in September 2019 action must be taken to work towards making Basingstoke and Deane a carbon neutral borough by 2030. And we’re leading by example by setting ourselves a target to deliver services to our residents in a more environmentally-friendly way and become carbon neutral by 2025.
This move supports the Horizon 2050 vision of the borough for the next 30 years set out by residents, businesses and key partners. This highlights a desire to reduce carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels.
More recently, at the meeting of Council on 18 March 2021, a motion was passed to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. This is a parliamentary Bill that calls on government to go further and faster in tackling the climate emergency.
As part of our support for the motion we wrote to local MPs in Basingstoke and Deane, requesting that they support the Bill. This letter is below for reference.
Next steps to a greener borough
To drive to become a carbon neutral borough by 2030 requires the support of everyone and starts now. It's collective responsibility, pooling the ideas, expertise, energy and enthusiasm of residents, partners, groups and businesses in Basingstoke and Deane.