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Climate change strategy

The council has been working with our strategic partners and the wider community on measures to tackle climate change for over a decade, delivering work on the council estate, on street lighting, in schools, through transport infrastructure schemes and flooding prevention schemes and through work to enhance the natural environment.

Climate Emergency

On the 17 July 2019, South Gloucestershire Council declared a Climate Emergency. This means that the council is saying that the global climate is in a state of breakdown and that this is an emergency situation and that we all need to urgent take steps to address this situation by preparing for the local impacts of climate change and by reducing our carbon emissions.

  • The council has pledged to provide the leadership to enable South Gloucestershire to become carbon neutral by 2030
  • In addition the council is signed up to the UK100 pledge that commits to net zero council emissions by 2030 and net zero area-wide emissions by 2045
  • To respond to the Climate Emergency the council will set out an area wide Climate Emergency Action Plan each year until 2030

To read the council’s Climate Emergency Strategy and Yearly Action Plan in full visit the downloadable documents section of this page.

The Council has also signed up to the Adept Blueprint and the C40 group of leading cities.

Ecological crisis and nature recovery

The Council also recognises that along with other factors, climate change is having a significant impact on the health of ecosystems and some Councils are separately ‘declaring’ an ecological emergency. Our current approach is to embed tackling the ecological emergency within and alongside the broad Climate Emergency agenda as it is a critical aspect of the wider environmental crisis and to make it clear that we need to act holistically. As such, nature recovery forms a central part of our Climate Emergency Action Plans.

Work across the area to tackle the Climate Emergency will involve working with residents, businesses and partners across the area on:

  • reducing carbon emissions
  • building resilience to the local impacts of a changing climate
  • restoring nature

Community engagement group

Working with partners CVS South Gloucestershire, we have started a Climate Emergency community engagement group open to all, with representation from environmental groups and individuals across the area. Visit our community engagement pages to find out more about active groups in this area.

If you would like to join this group visit our Climate emergency community engagement to sign up.

Local strategic partnership

The council works in partnership with major organisations across the area such as Business West, University of the West of England, Avon and Somerset Fire Service, Airbus and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. To find out more about what this group are doing to respond to the Climate Emergency visit the Our Area Our Future website.

Climate Emergency University Advisory Group

This group has been created to provide independent technical advice on how to respond to the Climate Emergency declaration to the local strategic partnership and to the council. In the downloadable documents section of this page you can find a technical review of the council’s Year 1 Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Climate Emergency across the West of England

On the 19 July 2019 the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) also declared a Climate Emergency with a target of net zero emissions by 2030. South Gloucestershire will work with WECA and the other unitary authorities in our area to respond to this undertaking.

To find out more about local authorities who have declared a Climate Emergency and what this means visit the Climate Emergency website.

Council-own emissions & renewable energy generation

The Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report is published annually and monitors the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings, estate and activities. The report also includes the renewable energy directly generated by the Council. The data presented establishes the progress being made towards our aim of becoming a carbon neutral Council. This aim formed part of the Climate Emergency declaration made by the Council in July 2019.

To get in touch with us email Climate.Emergency@southglos.gov.uk

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