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.
It is time to accept that our climate is changing and we need to act now.
Tackling climate change
In Gloucestershire, flooding has become more common, we have had hotter and drier summers but we can make a difference.
All Gloucestershire councils have now declared a climate emergency. Our declaration in May 2019 included commitments for us to be net zero by 2030, and deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050, working with partners to deliver an 80% reduction by 2030.
In May 2019, Parliament declared a climate emergency and government amended the Climate Change Act 2008 for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2050, with an interim target of a 57% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
In December 2019, a report was taken to Cabinet titled ‘Leading the Response to the Climate Emergency’ for the approval of the draft Climate Change Strategy including the Immediate Action Plan and resource implications.
Following the declaration in May 2019, we produced our climate change strategy. It outlines the actions we need to take as a county to reach that target and improve our county for now and the future.
In December 2020 a report was taken to Cabinet that gave an update on the progress of implementing the Gloucestershire Climate Change Strategy and sought approval of the revised action plan.