Stevenage Borough Council Launches Public Consultation on Climate Change Strategy

25 Feb 2020

Stevenage Borough Council has launched its emerging strategy to address the global climate emergency and work towards becoming a carbon neutral town.

On 12 June 2019, the Council declared a climate emergency and reconfirmed its long standing commitment to tackling climate change. As part of the climate emergency, the Council has set a target to be net carbon neutral by 2030. The draft Emerging Climate Change Strategy outlines the measures and actions the Council is putting in place to ensure it achieves this aim.
 
Recent achievements include:

  • There are currently 8 electric charging bays available for public use in Stevenage, with a further 4 available via E-Car Club. 4 more bays are set to be installed later this year
  • Stevenage Borough Council has taken steps towards lower emissions with two new electric vehicles now available for staff to use in their day-to-day work
  • 17 local traders have signed up to a scheme to offer free water refills helping to cut disposable plastic bottle use. More local traders are expected to join the scheme in the coming months
  • The Council is currently conducting a feasibility study into the potential for a cycle hire scheme in the town
  • Ward Councillors have committed to funding a new orchard in Symonds Green. The project will see the planting of 12 mixed fruit trees along with some wildflower seed sowing in early March
  • To improve biodiversity, a number of roadside verges and parkland have benefitted from meadow management to support an array of wildlife and increase the carbon capture rate of the land

Recognising greater action is necessary, the Council is calling on the public to take part in a consultation on how we can make way for a greener and more sustainable Stevenage.

Councillor John Gardner, Stevenage Borough Council's Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration, said:

“Climate change is an important and growing priority for all residents but especially our younger generations. That’s why we’ve launched our draft Emerging Climate Change Strategy. In it we outline how we plan on delivering our commitment to carbon-neutrality by 2030, and the actions we’ll take to ensure Stevenage is a cleaner, greener town for future generations. 

“We are committed to working with a wide range of partners across the town to develop our climate change strategy and action plan for the next decade. This will bring benefits such as reduced fuel poverty, improved environment and air quality and better green spaces.”

John continued:

“We expect all new planning applications to demonstrate how environmental impact is to be mitigated. We want new developments to maximise opportunities for implementing renewable energy technologies, reducing the need for costly retrofitting or rebuilding in the future.”
As part of its commitment to address climate change, the Council will also be establishing a citizen’s panel made up of a select group of Stevenage residents who will represent a broad and diverse range of views in the town.

In addition, a business charter will also be established to encourage local businesses to publically show their commitment to tackling climate change.

The public consultation is open until 22 March. Residents and stakeholders are invited to review the draft Emerging Climate Change Strategy, pledges and business charter, and participate in a survey on how we can make way for a greener Stevenage.
 
To view the council’s climate change commitment and have your say in the consultation, visit: www.stevenage.gov.uk/climate-change.