Gloucestershire's climate change strategy
Climate change is happening everywhere. We can see the effects all over the world with the large scale flooding, forest fires, melting ice caps and the loss of wildlife. In Gloucestershire, flooding has become more common, we have had hotter and drier summers but we can make a difference if we act now.
Although there has been some disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate Change Team at the county council has been working on the action plan.
The team has considered ways to decarbonise highways activities, developed processes to allow organisations to access the £1m ‘Action Fund’, applied for Government funding to improve infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians and progress has been made on a county-wide Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy.
The council has switched to buying 100% renewable electricity for its buildings and other assets, such as signs and bollards across Gloucestershire’s roads.
We are working with the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP), which is made up of more than 30 public and private organisations including the county council, to deliver the Gloucestershire Tree Strategy that will see 35 million trees planted in the county by 2030.
The youth climate panel has been able to meet virtually through the pandemic. The council is working with Gloucestershire partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors, to ensure a greener recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gloucestershire County Council has also joined the new Countryside Climate Network, set up by UK100, designed to amplify rural voices and signed the UK100 pledge on achieving 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.
In the near future, we will also be launching our public campaign which aims to encourage residents of Gloucestershire to make changes that help tackle climate change – watch this space!