Hounslow Cabinet approve further consultation on Climate Emergency Action Plan

Hounslow Council has approved further consultation and engagement on the council's draft Climate Emergency Action Plan, prepared in response to the borough's declaration of a climate emergency.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

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At a meeting of Hounslow Council Cabinet last night (21 January), councillors unanimously approved further consultation and engagement on the council’s draft Climate Emergency Action Plan, prepared in response to Hounslow’s declaration of a Climate Emergency last year.

In June 2019, Hounslow Council joined other local authorities, the Mayor of London and the UK Parliament in declaring a climate emergency that requires urgent action. The council also committed to reviewing existing arrangements to reduce the council’s carbon footprint and to identify measures towards making the council’s activities carbon neutral and ultimately zero-carbon within the shortest achievable timeframe.

Following the declaration, a specialist consultancy, Eunomia Research and Consultancy Ltd were engaged to review the council’s current work in reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 alongside using such influence as it has to reduce wider emissions from across the borough as quickly as possible and to support the development of a local response to the declaration of a climate emergency.  As part of that process, engagement activities were undertaken with council staff, councillors and the community to help understand local priorities and opportunities.

The large number of ideas for action that followed have been incorporated into a draft Climate Emergency Action Plan. The draft Plan outlines seven key programmes for reducing council direct carbon emissions.

These are:

  1. Energy efficiency
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Electrify vehicle fleet
  4. Reducing employee transport
  5. Waste management
  6. Culture change and governance
  7. Sustainable investment and funding

In addition, in recognition of the council’s community leadership role, Hounslow will work across the borough with its strategic partners, businesses and the community to deliver a wider programme tackling all emissions attributed to activities in the borough.

These programmes are:

  1. Retrofit Hounslow and deliver zero carbon housing
  2. Sustainable travel promotion
  3. A transition to electric mobility
  4. Greening the borough
  5. Develop net zero lifestyles
  6. Stimulate the local green economy

Both the council’s and the borough-wide programmes are outlined in the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan. Each programme contains a number of actions that will be developed and implemented in order to deliver a reduction in carbon emissions.   The actions will be delivered over ten years, split into three phases of action. 

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency at Hounslow Council said:

“We are really pleased to have progressed our Climate Emergency Action Plan to this stage.  We believe that it outlines a comprehensive blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in Hounslow.  The world has woken up to climate change and we can’t delay any further in taking action to play our part in tackling the biggest threat to our planet the world has ever seen. 

“In this key issue, Hounslow is taking decisive and assertive action and our hope is that the Government will make available the appropriate powers and funding to enable us to fully implement our programmes of action.”

The council will shortly be launching an eight week public consultation on the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan from early February, aiming to seek feedback from residents and stakeholders on whether the council has developed the right programmes and identified suitable actions which will enable them to reduce not only emissions from the borough’s  corporate estate, but also influence a reduction in borough-wide emissions. Further information on the consultation will be made available on the council’s website in due course.

A public engagement event is being held on Thursday 27 February at Hounslow House from 1pm to 4pm, with lunch served from 12pm.  Residents are invited to come along to review the draft Climate Emergency Action Plans and to participate in discussions with officers and councillors. Places are limited so booking is essential.  To book your place, please click on Eventbrite link HERE

A further event will be held on the evening of Monday 2 March.  Details of how to book for this event will be published in the coming weeks.

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