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What are we doing about Climate Change?

We are all noticing changes to our local, national and international weather. Some of which is so profound it will affect where we can live, what we can eat and the planet’s wellbeing as a whole.

On the 12 June 2019, we declared a climate emergency and reconfirmed our commitment to battling climate change by setting a target to ensure Stevenage has net-zero emissions by 2030.

Tackling climate change and improving sustainability must be a key foundation for all Council actions.

To achieve this ambitious target we need our businesses and residents to play their part in reducing their carbon emission. SBC wants to share different ways we can make a change and showcase what SBC and other local employers are doing so shall our experiences.

In using the evidence base as a foundation, discussing with interest and stakeholder groups, and then having widespread consultation, we have co-produced a Climate Change Strategy and outlined an Action Plan.

In doing this, we have followed the following approaches:

  • Understanding the emissions will involve building up a detailed picture of what Stevenage’s carbon outputs are.
  • Leading the way to ensure that we are emitting as little greenhouse gases as quickly as possible
  • Advocating for and facilitating real change to see us lobbying for more drastic action at County and Central Government level, as well aiding local stakeholders’ efforts to shrink their carbon footprints.

Using Citizen Panels, and digital and youth engagement campaigns, we have already heard from over 1,600 people about how we can help each other to make a positive change.

You can read what the consultation and the Citizens Panel have told us in the two documents below.

We will utilise this opportunity to improve our residents' quality of lives, by striving to end fuel poverty, improving the built environment to encourage the shift to active travel and making healthy plant based food accessible.

Stevenage is proud to be a co-operative council and understands the importance of a co-operative approach when addressing a complex and systemic issue like the climate emergency.

The climate crisis disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable people in society and the local level is no exception.

New Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership

Stevenage Borough Council is a partner of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP), which has members from Hertfordshire County Council, all local district and borough councils and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

This is a strategic partnership which aims to share information, coordinate and influence solutions, and bring forward proposals for interventions around climate change and sustainability across Hertfordshire.

The key focus for HCCSP is working in partnership and developing joint programmes that are beyond the scope of individual authorities.

For more information please visit Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership.

Get in touch

Call 01438 242158 or email, planning.policy@stevenage.gov.uk.