Addressing man-made climate change isn’t a new policy area for the council, or the council’s thinking and planning.
We signed up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
We signed up to Climate Local. This is the Local Government Association’s successor to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
We issued a Climate Change Action Plan reflecting our commitment under Climate Local. This was revised and updated in 2016.
A climate change motion (motion 02/2019) was agreed at council.
This stated that:
“This council strongly believes in the need to continue its work to address the impact of man-made climate change on our local communities.
To this end, this council asks the Executive to develop detailed action plans with measurable ambitious annual targets and an annual report to address this pressing matter to ensure that the council meets the government target of eradicating its net contribution to climate change by 2050.”
Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, made a statement on climate change in January 2020.
In 2019, the council commissioned the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Energy to help us calculate our direct (scope 1 and 2) carbon emissions. This report was published in March 2020.
The report shows the emissions which are in the direct control of the council and can be used as a benchmark to measure future progress.
Our work by theme
From Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces to heritage trees, we work to protect our natural environment.
Energy and waste
From street lighting to food waste recycling, looking after our energy use and waste is a key part of the work we do at Bracknell Forest.
Travel and transport
Work on transport links and travel planning is an important part of our climate change work.