Climate Change Strategy

Our Climate_Change_Strategy_2016-21 sets out five key objectives for how we will address the causes and consequences of climate change:

  • Reducing emissions from our estate and operations
  • Reducing energy consumption and emissions from homes and businesses in Cambridge by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy sources, and behaviour change
  • Reducing emissions from transport by promoting sustainable transport, reducing car travel and traffic congestion, and encouraging behaviour change 
  • Reducing consumption of resources, increasing recycling and reducing waste
  • Supporting Council services, residents and businesses to adapt to the impacts of climate change

Key Actions:

  • Reducing our emissions by 15% by 2021 through delivering 22 carbon reduction projects in our new Carbon_Management_Plan_2016-21 and rationalising our office estate, with an aspiration to reduce our emissions by 20% through further projects that are still being developed.
  • Supporting residents to access financial support for domestic energy efficiency improvements through the Action on Energy partnership
  • Working with partners in Cambridge Retrofit to mobilise private finance for investment in large-scale retrofit of buildings and estates in Cambridge and promote exemplar projects and good practice
  • Constructing new council homes to high sustainability standards and, where possible within the national planning policy framework, using local planning policy to secure high sustainability standards in new residential and commercial developments in Cambridge.
  • Continuing to promote recycling and increase opportunities for residents and businesses to recycle. 
  • Investing £100m in improvements to public transport and cycling infrastructure through the City Deal with the aim of tackling congestion, reducing journey times, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality
  • Promoting low-emissions buses and taxis in partnership with the County Council, bus companies and taxi companies.
  • Supporting residents and businesses to respond to the anticipated effects of climate change, including flooding, water shortages and heat waves.

Find out more about the steps we are taking in our new film.

2016/17 Climate Change Strategy Progress Report

 Climate Change Strategy (2012-2016)

To find out more about the achievements of the previous Climate Change Strategy (2012-2016) read the annual progress reports below:

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