Tackling climate change
Our ambition is for a Greener Gloucestershire; where our way of living today is considerate of future generations and the natural environment.
limit the effects of global warming and protect our natural environment by:
- delivering a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan that reduces the council’s emissions to net zero by 2030 and helps reduce Gloucestershire’s emissions to net zero by 2045.
- supporting communities and businesses to do their bit, including investing in 1000 charge points to help people make the switch to electric vehicles and to increase Gloucestershire’s woodlands and biodiversity.
- leading by example, putting climate change at the heart of our decisions and working in partnership across Gloucestershire’s public sector to make the greatest impact.
In 2019 the county council declared a Climate Emergency and the Cabinet agreed a Climate Change Action Plan with an annual rolling programme backed by a £1m action fund.
The Climate Change Act commits the UK government to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% of 1990 levels (net zero) by 2050. Tackling the causes of climate change, and adapting to its impacts, touches on all aspects of the economy so councils have a key role to play, working with government and local communities and include climate change in our thinking when making local policy decisions.
To date we have invested in low energy LED street lighting, energy efficient buildings and solar power to reduce our net carbon emissions by 83% since 2006 - well on our way to achieving net zero by 2030.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the whole county will be more challenging, in particular switching to greener energy for transport and heating our homes. However, in partnership with communities, businesses and other public sector organisations we believe we can build back better and greener from the pandemic.