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Get involved in making a difference to our environment

Published: Thursday, 30th July 2020

Climate change strategy

If you are interested in making a difference to the environment and living in a more sustainable way, get involved in the council’s Environment and Climate Strategy consultation.

The Environment and Climate Strategy was created following the council’s climate emergency declaration and a series of workshops with the community and various environmental groups to understand how individuals and organisations can make a difference and help to achieve a net zero carbon borough by 2050. 

The strategy is now ready for public consultation and the council are looking for feedback.

Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for environmental services, climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, says: “I am delighted that we are now able to ask the wider community about our plans to tackle climate change and how we can all make a difference. 

“There have been a series of workshops with the public, interested groups and councillors so I am hoping we have captured a lot of the actions and this document brings together their thoughts as well as providing some insight to everyone about how we can all work together to tackle climate change in the future.

“The future of our planet is in everyone’s hands and with our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 it means we all need to work together to achieve this.

“It is important that we hear from the wider community about the strategy and our action plan about how we will achieve this.”

The climate change emergency was declared in June 2019 at Full Council. The first draft of the Environment and Climate strategy, which was formed by a cross-party councillor working group, supported by officers and input from key stakeholders in the community, was approved at Full Council in June 2020.

The document sets out the council’s vision and strategic framework to achieve the Borough’s net-zero-carbon-emissions target by 2050.

The Environment and Climate Strategy is made up of four strategic themes:

  • Circular economy: more sustainable resource use, increasing recycling rates and supporting less resource-intensive lifestyles
  • Energy: reducing consumption and decarbonising our supply of energy
  • Natural environment: support biodiversity, health and wellbeing
  • Transport: Reduce the need for carbon intensive travel by encouraging walking and cycling, as well as investing in digital infrastructure

The consultation runs from today until Tuesday 29 September 2020 and asks for feedback on the strategy that sets out a framework for the delivery of a net zero carbon borough by 2050, along with an action plan covering the next five years.

The draft strategy, as well as the consultation, can be found at: http://consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/cc/decs/decs. If you would like your comments to be considered, please complete the consultation online

If you are unable to access the online strategy, please email [email protected] and we will arrange for a hard copy to be made available. We would ask however that you only do this if necessary, to minimise our environmental impact.

We will be publishing a summary of the comments received as part of the consultation statement. Please note that responses must be attributable to named individuals or organisations. Please see our privacy notice for further information. 

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