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Climate and nature emergency

In July 2019, South Gloucestershire Council declared a Climate Emergency. The council has taken urgent steps to address this situation and prepare for the local impact of climate change and reducing carbon emissions. We have provided some information below on the average carbon footprint and also included some top tips that contribute towards reducing individuals’ carbon footprint.

Show your commitment to the Climate Emergency and to Nature Recovery.

Sign our South Gloucestershire Climate Emergency Pledge

Read our Climate Emergency privacy notice.

Climate and Nature Emergency Action Training

To learn more about the Climate and Nature Emergency and take action, take our basic training course. It only takes 45 minutes to complete.

Check your carbon footprint

The World Wildlife Fund provides a carbon foot printing tool which provides insight into your own impact on the climate and tips to help you adjust your own behaviour and lifestyle.

The average carbon footprint in the UK

The campaign group 10:10 has produced a simple picture of the average UK person’s footprint. This indicates that about 2/3 of emissions are related to consumption rather than local transport and home energy:

Average UK person's carbon footprint

For more great ideas on how to respond visit the We are possible website.

Note that the full details and scope of this assessment is not known and this is therefore indicative.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

  • you could receive quarterly cash payments over 7 years if you install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology
  • technologies used must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme Certified and issued with a certificate
  • technologies include Biomass (wood fuelled) boilers, ground to water heat pumps, air to water heat pumps, solar thermal panels (flat plate or evacuated tube only) providing hot water for your home, water source heat pumps
  • eligibility – you should own your home or be a private or social landlord (not new build properties other than self-build)

For more information visit the Energy Saving Trust website.


How you can take action now on the ‘We are possible’ themes

Talk to your service providers to find out what they are doing to tackle the climate emergency (examples include setting emissions targets, delivering carbon reduction and climate resilience projects).

  • Switch to a renewable energy supplier.
  • Set your thermostat to 18 degrees (healthy adults) or 21 degrees for all others.
  • Get some energy efficiency advice for your home.

You may be able to install energy efficiency measures at home (loft/wall insulation, draft proofing, radiator panels, LED lighting, solar panels etc).

The council works with the Wessex Loan Scheme to provide loans to support the installation of measures, there are also grants available for some people. To find out what might be available for you please call the South Gloucestershire Council works with SevernWye Energy Agency on Freephone: 0800 500 3076.

A good percentage of journeys in South Glos are less than 1 mile. Walk, cycle, use public transport and join a car club where available. Need to drive? Can you share a journey?

Internal combustion engines are being phased out. If you continue to own a private vehicle your next vehicle may be an electric car.

Buy less, share, reuse and recycle.

Look at other locations/modes of travel.

  • Grow your own by using window boxes and pots. Use an allotment or garden to grow herbs/salad, vegetables and plant fruit/nut trees.
  • Reduce food waste (on a global scale this is ranked 3rd biggest impact)
  • Reduce consumption of animal products (half your consumption of animal products and reduce your emissions impact by 40% – UK average)

  • Fit water saving devices to your taps and shower head (certain showerheads)
  • Do you have an older cistern on your toilet? Fit a water displacement device.
  • Stop the drips!
  • Don’t run the tap whilst brushing your teeth.

  • Plant flowers, shrubs and trees that provide food and shelter for insects, birds and animals.
  • Don’t cut your lawn and avoid the use of pesticides.
  • If you have a garden then a water feature such as a pond is highly beneficial for wildlife.
  • Get involved in a local nature conservation or friends group.

Switch your bank to one that prioritises the climate.

Get in touch if you would like us to put you in touch with local groups in your area:




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