Climate news

Climate emergency action plan update

In November 2022, plans to reduce North Somerset’s greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate emergency were approved. 

After declaring a climate emergency in 2019, we produced a climate change strategy and action plan to reduce emissions across North Somerset. This included those created by council-run buildings and services. 

Following the successful completion of several projects in the original action plan, an updated version was developed.

Find out more in our updated climate action plan to reduce emissions press release or our plans to tackle the climate emergency page.

Grant funding for home energy measures

In partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bristol City Council, we have secured £2.7m of government funding. This will be used to help eligible households install technology to help lower energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Our Bright Green Homes grants can be used for a wide range of measures. This can include:

  • loft, underfloor, external and cavity wall insulation
  • double glazing
  • energy efficient doors
  • air source heat pump installation
  • solar panel systems

Find out more in our grant funding for home energy measures press release.

Climate literacy accreditation

The council has recently been awarded a Silver award from the Carbon Literacy Trust. 

Carbon Literacy is 'an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.' Carbon Literacy training allows us to further embed green thinking into all council plans and policies.

Find out more about Carbon Literacy in North Somerset.

Rewilding updates

Our rewilding project involved planting approximately 30,000 trees, with the help of around 400 volunteers, across North Somerset. 

Read more on our Rewilding page.