Updated climate action plan to reduce emissions


Plans to reduce North Somerset’s greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate emergency have been approved by North Somerset Council. 

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

Following the successful completion of several projects identified in the original action plan, an updated version has been developed to reflect the next key areas of focus.

Executive Member for the climate emergency, Cllr Bridget Petty, said: “We’re working to create a thriving and sustainable North Somerset and our refreshed climate emergency action plan reconfirms the council’s commitment to achieve net zero by 2030.

“The extreme weather events of this year show that climate change is here and affecting us already, but it’s important to remember there is still time for us to act and the UK is well-placed to set an example to the world in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.”

The council has already carried out several projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North Somerset, including running a solar panel purchasing scheme for residents, replacement of streetlights with LED lighting, funding for energy efficiency projects in care homes, and improved insulation for low-income households.

“Many of the actions needed to reduce emissions can also improve our lives in other ways through co-benefits – for example by improving our health and wellbeing, creating community resilience and reducing costs – and we decided it was important that the action plan update reflects this,” added Cllr Petty. 

To find out how everyone can take climate action to help create a healthier, happier, greener North Somerset go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/climateaction.