The carbon neutral challenge
The 2008 Climate Change Act established a long-term target for the UK to reduce its emissions in 2050 by at least 80% compared with a largely 1990-based baseline. This target tightened in June 2019 when the UK became the first major economy to commit to reducing its emissions to net zero by 2050.
- Climate change explained – published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Reducing the Council’s carbon footprint
The carbon footprint measures carbon emissions that are under the Council's direct control, including carbon emissions from Council buildings, housing stock, fleet vehicles, business travel, and emissions from outsourced services.
The Delivering our Future (DOF) document sets out the Council's strategic vision and focus up to 2031, and includes some measures that will see a reduction in emissions.
However at its Council meeting of 4 December 2019, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council declared a climate emergency and in doing so committed to becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.
As part of the emergency declaration, Nuneaton and Bedworth Council committed to:
- establish a cross party working group to investigate and subsequently advise on the actions and timescales required to make the Council’s activities carbon neutral by 2030
- engage with partner councils (specifically Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire’s five District and Borough Councils), local businesses, environmental groups and residents to inform our future actions
- call on government to provide the resources and where required the powers to enable Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to help deliver the UK’s carbon reduction targets
Since the declaration was made, a cross party working group was formed and reported back to Council on its initial findings and recommendations.
A detailed Climate Change Strategy is currently being finalised and will help the Council take further steps towards achieving its target to see a reduction in the Council’s carbon footprint by 2030.
Last updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021