Tackling climate change is one of our key policy priorities – we declared a climate emergency in February 2019.
The climate change agreement in Paris in December 2015 committed to limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C. It recognised the need to achieve zero net global carbon emissions by the second half of this century to achieve this.
The UK recently hosted COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties. The summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Read about our work to reduce and adapt to climate change and our work towards a sustainable Cambridge. We are working on a number of different projects across the city, three of which are showcased in this video about our Climate Change Strategy.
If you want to get involved, you could:
- Sign our Climate Change Charter
- Plant a tree in your garden
- Read our ‘Greening your Home’ booklet to find out how to make your home and lifestyle more environmentally friendly
- Watch our short video about our aspiration to be net zero and how we can all make a difference
- Watch a video about how to reduce your carbon emissions, from the recent Cambridge Zero Climate Change Festival
If you work with a local voluntary or community group, you can apply for a Sustainable City Grant to deliver projects that will help achieve the objectives of our Climate Change Strategy.
- Our Climate Change Strategy and Carbon Management Plan help us address the causes and consequences as we work to become a more sustainable city.
- We are proud to have been declared a Fairtrade city. We adopted a Sustainable Food Policy Statement [PDF, 0.2MB] in 2018 and we work with the Cambridge Sustainable Food network, which achieved the Sustainable Food Cities Network Silver Award for Cambridge.