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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 12 years, 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 signing up to the UK100 pledge to ensure 100% renewable energy across the area by 2050.

The council set up a cross party task and finish group in July 2019 to consider evidence about how the council can respond to the Climate Emergency declaration. This group produced a report with a carbon emissions baseline gap analysis for the area and a series of recommendations about how the Council could respond. This report went to Cabinet in January 2020.

On the 27 April 2020 Cabinet provided a response to the Climate Emergency Task and Finish group recommendations approving a Year 1 Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Climate Emergency Year 1 Action Plan

The Climate Emergency Year 1 Action Plan and Cabinet Report can be found on the downloadable documents section of this page.

  • Appendix 1 – Responses to the Task and Finish Group recommendations
  • Appendix 2 – Climate Emergency Action Plan Year 1 – Projects already funded
  • Appendix 3 – Climate Emergency Action Plan Year 1 – New projects to be funded from the Climate Emergency budget
  • Appendix 4 – Governance Structure Chart
  • Appendix 5 – Equalities impact assessment


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 Year 1 Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Work to tackle the Climate Emergency will involve:

  • Reducing carbon emissions
  • Building local climate resilience
  • Restoring nature

Community Engagement Group

We have started a Climate Emergency community engagement group, working with our partners – CVS South Gloucestershire, with representation from environmental groups and individuals across the area.

If you would like to join this group please email:

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. All of the local authorities in the West of England area; North Somerset, Bristol City Council and Bath and North East Somerset have declared Climate Emergencies. 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 please visit:

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