Climate change and what we are doing

The council's Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy outlines how we are taking action to tackle climate change and air quality locally to meet the ambitious targets in our climate emergency declaration.

Our progress to date

The drive to become a carbon neutral borough by 2030 has started and we are taking action to cut our own emissions as we work with partners to help the borough reach its net zero carbon target.

Visit our carbon footprint page for a snapshot of the council's carbon emissions as well as those for the wider borough.

In December 2019, we held a climate change summit to bring together ideas with partners. View a copy of the climate change summit presentation and the climate change summit outcomes report.

We have already:

  • installed solar panels on the roofs of several of our council buildings
  • introduced electric vehicle charging points along with a number of electric vehicles into our own council fleet
  • improved the energy performance of the council’s buildings
  • switched to a renewable energy supply contract
  • set up a group of Environment Champions to promote sustainable practices among staff
  • installed a fresh air cooling system at the Civic Offices, as well as being environmentally-friendly, the initiative will generate a saving of £9,500 per year
  • introduced fines for idling vehicles
  • reduced the distances our bin trucks travel by rebalancing the rounds, with a monthly carbon saving of 3.8% per month.

Working with partners, we have:

Next steps

We are working on our next steps looking at greener ways of delivering council services. Here are just a few of the projects we are working on:

  • Exploring greater use of electric vehicles with advice from the Energy Savings Trust
  • Updating our Local Plan to ensure tougher standards associated with climate change and emissions
  • Reviewing the energy efficiency of our accommodation and our staff and councillors’ travel
  • Increasing opportunities for smarter working
  • Working as part of a partnership with master developer Urban&Civic and Hampshire County Council on a project to create up to 3,520 new homes at Manydown using Garden Towns’ principles
  • Exploring opportunities for businesses to develop low carbon solutions

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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