Hounslow Council has approved the adoption of its Climate Emergency Action Plan 2020 – 2030 at a meeting of its Cabinet on 14 July 2020.
Published: Monday, 20th July 2020
The plan was developed following the Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency at Borough Council on 18 June 2019, committing the Council to reducing its direct emissions to net zero by 2030 as well as using its influence to reduce wider emissions from across the borough as quickly as possible.
The report detailed the results of an extensive engagement process at the beginning of 2020 with council staff, Councillors and the community to help understand local priorities and opportunities to reduce our emissions. A dedicated survey was also undertaken with local schools.
The plan is split into two parts. Part one sets out the seven programmes that would tackle the climate emergency by reducing council direct emissions to net zero by 2030.
- Improve energy efficiency across the council’s asset base
- Develop a range of renewable energy projects including solar farms on council owned land
- Electrify the council’s vehicle fleet
- Reduce impacts from employee transport
- Improve sustainability of waste management
- Instigate a Culture change programme and governance review
- Develop a sustainable approach to council investments and secure funding for actions in the plan.
Part two recognises the Council’s community leadership role across Hounslow and sets out a commitment to work across the Borough with our strategic partners, businesses and the community to deliver a further six programmes aiming to reduce all emissions occurring as a result of activities happening in the borough. These programmes have been developed with in partnership with London Councils and include:
- Retrofit Hounslow and deliver zero carbon new housing
- Sustainable travel promotion
- A transition to electric mobility
- A greener and more resilient Hounslow
- Develop net zero lifestyles
- Stimulate the local green economy
The updated report can be found here.
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency said:
“We are really pleased to have developed a Climate Emergency Action Plan for Hounslow that represents a comprehensive blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in the borough. The world has woken up to climate change and we can now really progress in tackling the biggest threat to our planet the world has ever seen.
“The Plan has become even more vital as we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown as the Council is developing the Green Recovery Programme, integrating the Climate Emergency Action Plan with the wider Greener Hounslow Framework. This will enable us to maintain the wider environmental benefits recorded in recent months, ultimately feeding into Hounslow Council’s emerging wider economic recovery plan.”