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.
10 key areas
The key areas we will focus on over the next four years of the Council Strategy are:
- Reducing our Carbon Footprint – coordinated action to reduce the county council’s emissions to net zero by 2030, put climate change at the heart of all our decisions, and publish our progress in an annual report. Look to use staff remuneration and benefits schemes to enable staff to make greener choices to travel to work, with the aim of increasing the number journeys by active travel, public transport or car sharing to help deliver a zero-carbon council by 2030.
- Greener buildings, greener energy – investing in solar power and green energy solutions for all new county council buildings and on our rural estate where appropriate; enabling households to switch to renewable electricity and lower carbon heating.
- Trees on the doorstep and more woodland - replacing highway ash trees on a 2 for 1 basis, working with partner councils, community groups and Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership who have a collective target of planting 35 million trees. We will plant 360,000 trees over the next three years to hit the council’s own target of 1
million trees by 2030.
- Cycling for all – creating a separated cycle route connecting Gloucester and Cheltenham by 2023, part of a 26-mile continuous cycle route across the centre of the county by 2026; creating a network of local cycling routes to become an exemplar county for urban cycling; working with communities and districts to create safe cycling neighbourhoods in our towns and city to make active travel the default choice of travel for short journeys.
- The right to breathe clean air – working with residents, businesses, schools and district councils to raise awareness about air quality so that year on year fewer Gloucestershire residents live in areas where air pollution exceeds national limits.
- Making the switch to electric – installing 1000 electric vehicle charge points in communities across the county by 2025; (subject to legislation) consulting the public on expanding e-scooter hire to communities across the county in 2023 and for all new council cars and vans to be ultra-low or zero emissions by 2024.
- Getting back on the buses – start construction of the £20m 1000 space Arle Court Transport Hub to offer commuters, shoppers and visitors to Cheltenham a high quality bus, coach, bike and e-scooter interchange with electric vehicle charging; agreeing an Enhanced Partnership investment plan with bus operators for faster, more reliable journeys in cleaner buses, including rural transport areas; investing £40 million to achieve a 10% increase in bus trips by 2025.
- Nature on your doorstep – working with partners so that Gloucestershire supports the achievement of UK biodiversity targets and increasing public participation in conservation activities.
- Less waste and more recycling – working with local communities and partners to limit waste, increase recycling rates, and to ensure that council contracts include ambitious targets for recycled materials. Generating energy from the waste we cannot recycle and minimise waste sent to landfill. Working with District Council partners through the Gloucestershire Resources and Waste Partnership to drive our ambition on further reducing household waste and boosting recycling.
- Education and information – we will raise awareness of the things we can all do to reduce our impact on the environment, creating Green Zones in our Libraries, refreshing our web pages, actively promoting key messages and events, supporting the Climate Youth Panel and champions in the workplace and communities.
Page updated: 16/02/2022 Page updated by: GCC