RBWM Context

  1. All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the scale and impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. In RBWM, this will require collaboration at all levels; individual residents, local groups and businesses, and the council.
  2. Setting an ambitious target in RBWM to reduce per capita emissions from 4.7tCO2e in 2016 [1] to within the range of -0.4 – 1.7tCO2e [2] by 2030 will acknowledge the UK’s contribution to date to climate change, whilst establishing RBWM’s status as a climate and biodiversity leader.
  3. Development, meeting local energy, transport and housing needs, managing our natural environment, and dealing with waste all fall within the auspices of the council. Leadership, education and advocacy framed by a sense of urgency, vision and cutting-edge policy can be delivered.
  4. Addressing the emergency cannot be left to singular functions within the council; it must be a priority across all cabinet portfolios, development and scrutiny panels, and operational departments.
  5. The transition to a net-zero borough must be just; protecting vulnerable workers and residents.
  6. Addressing these issues will result in additional benefits for our residents; cleaner air, healthier diets, improved health and wellbeing, new economic opportunities from clean growth and reduced exposure to climate risks.

[1] 2005 to 2016 UK local and regional CO2 emissions: statistical release, DBEIS (2018)

[2] Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming, Committee on Climate Change (2019)



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