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South Gloucestershire Council declared a climate emergency on 17 July 2019.

This means that the global climate is in a state of breakdown and this is an emergency.

We need to urgently prepare for the local impact of climate change, reduce our carbon emissions and protect and restore nature.

You can read our original Climate Emergency Declaration.

What we are doing

We have pledged to:

  • provide the leadership to enable South Gloucestershire to become carbon neutral by 2030
  • set out an area wide Climate Emergency Action Plan each year until 2030

And signed up to:

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On the 19 July 2019, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) also declared a climate emergency with a target of net zero emissions by 2030.

We will work with WECA and the other unitary authorities to reach this target.

Climate and nature

We have been working with our strategic partners and the wider community to tackle climate change for over a decade.

This include reducing emissions and tackling the local impact of a changing climate. We have worked on:

• street lighting
• schools
• transport infrastructure schemes
• flood prevention schemes

Nature emergency (or ecological emergency)

We also know that climate change is having a significant impact on the health of ecosystems. Some councils are also declaring an ecological emergency.

We feel the nature emergency is critical part of the wider environmental crisis.

For this reason, we have decided to take an approach that tackles the ecological emergency together with the climate emergency.

Working with others

We will work with residents, businesses, and partners to:

• reduce carbon emissions
• build resilience to the local impact of a changing climate
• restore nature

Local nature action plans

We have produced guidance about local nature action plans to support town and parish councils.

This will help them to understand biodiversity and build and submit their own plan to help.

Community engagement group

We have started a climate emergency community engagement group. This is run jointly with CVS South Gloucestershire (Community and Voluntary Services).

The group is open to everyone in South Gloucestershire.

You can sign up to our climate change mailing list to get group information.

You can also email climate.emergency@southglos.gov.uk

Find out about our network of groups acting on the climate and nature emergency.

Local strategic partnership

We work with major organisations, including:

• Business West
• University of the West of England
• Avon and Somerset Fire Service
• Airbus
• South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

You can find out more about this group and what they are doing by visiting our area our future.

Climate Emergency University Advisory Group

This group provides independent technical advice to the local strategic partnership and council on how to respond to the climate emergency.

You can read a review of our performance so far.

Monitoring our greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy

The Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report monitors greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings, estate, and activities.

It also includes the renewable energy that we directly generate.

You can find area wide information on renewables in our annual renewable energy report.

This helps to monitor our progress towards becoming a carbon neutral council.

To get in touch with us email climate.emergency@southglos.gov.uk.

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