Energy and sustainability
A climate emergency was declared in June 2019, with the Royal Borough committing to achieving a target of net zero carbon across the Royal Borough by 2050.
We are working to improve the environmental sustainability of the region so that future generations will still be able to enjoy the rich and diverse environment it is currently known for.
Improving the sustainability of the council ensures we demonstrate leadership in tackling the climate crisis while helps to reduce expenditure on keys costs, such as energy and waste.
All electricity the council uses now comes from renewable sources including some of our own renewable energy installations such as the solar panels on the Town Hall. The council has also implemented greener waste collections with a fleet of new refuse vehicles.
Encouraging biodiversity through wildlife friendly grasses, wildflowers and insect friendly plants was agreed at Full Council in July 2019. It was agreed that verges, parks and open spaces will be mowed less frequently, while being considerate for health and safety issues with traffic, in order to allow wildflowers and grasses to flourish.
Wildflowers and drought resistant insect friendly plants will also be introduced at key roadside areas and targeted barren sites to brighten them up.
Energy and climate strategy
The council declared an environmental and climate emergency in June 2019 recognising the climate is changing at a scale and pace that threatens our way of life and that of future generations.
At a meeting of Full Council on the Tuesday 23 June 2020, the Council approved its draft Environment and Climate Strategy for public consultation. The draft strategy was formed by a cross-party working group, supported by officers and key stakeholders in the community.