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.
By 2045 we will create a carbon neutral county that provides quality of life now and for future generations, having improved the quality of our natural environment. By 2030 we will have reduced our carbon emissions by 80%.
The actions we are planning can be found in our annual report, some of the key actions are:
• Gloucestershire Tree Strategy – commit to planting 35 million trees by 2030. Gloucestershire County Council will help by planting 1 million of these.
• Establish £1m ‘Action Fund’ to incentivise carbon reduction and air quality improvements.
• £1m energy efficiency invest to save loan fund.
• Buy only 100% renewable electricity.
• Generate electricity from the Javelin Park Energy from Waste facility to power around 25,000 homes a year.
• Tender a contract to deliver over 1000 new electric vehicle charging points by 2023, as part of a county-wide Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy. On 23 June 2021, a draft Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) Strategy was taken to Cabinet.