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Climate change strategy

Climate Change Strategy 2021 to 2026

We are working on a new version of our Climate Change Strategy for 2021 to 2026.

The strategy will set out how we plan to reduce our own carbon footprint, and how we will support local residents, businesses and organisations to reduce their emissions.

Climate Change Strategy 2016 to 2021

Our Climate Change Strategy (2016-2021) [PDF, 6MB] 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 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

Watch our video about our Climate Change Strategy.

Key actions

  • Reducing our emissions by 15% by 2021. 22 carbon-reduction projects in our Carbon Management Plan and rationalising our office estate will help us achieve this. We aspire 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
  • Constructing new council homes to high sustainability standards and using planning policy to secure high sustainability standards in new developments
  • 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. The aim is to tackle congestion, reduce journey times, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve 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.

Progress reports