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Making the borough carbon neutral by 2030 (climate emergency declaration)

In February 2019, we agreed a motion to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and asked Mayor and Cabinet to agree a new action to make the borough of Lewisham carbon neutral by 2030.

Our carbon emissions target

The latest data on carbon emissions by local authority area was released by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on Thursday 27 June 2019. This data shows carbon dioxide emissions in Lewisham were down by 38% since 2005.

We set ourselves a target to reduce carbon emissions by 44% by 2020, from a 2005 baseline. The chart below shows progress against that target. Our climate emergency action plan will set out how we intend to accelerate the reduction in our carbon emissions and deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030.

Image of a table showing the London Borough of Lewisham's reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 from a 2005 baseline

What we are doing to reduce carbon emissions

We are working on a range of initiatives to a reduce carbon emissions. These include:

Our response to the climate emergency declaration

We are developing an action plan to bring to Mayor and Cabinet that sets out how we intend to deliver on the Council motion calling for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2030. Our first step will be to commission research that will:

  • establish clear definitions and the basis for measuring the carbon neutral target
  • identify the local, regional and national actions needed to reach the target.

The research will also show how much it would cost to improve:

  • domestic energy efficiency
  • clean energy
  • the buildings we own in our corporate estate
  • transport.

Read our climate emergency update report (21 January 2020) to the Sustainable Resources Select Committee.


April 2019 We adopt a 2030 carbon neutral target. 
June 2019 We launch our climate emergency working group.
September 2019 We launch the community energy fund and start the next phase of our fuel poverty advice service.
December 2019 We complete research to identify and evaluate options for achieving the target.
March 2020 We present the climate emergency action plan to Mayor and Cabinet.

Carbon reduction survey

In July 2019, we surveyed people who live or work in the borough about what they felt our carbon reduction priorities should be.

Read our responses to the top three priorities from that survey.

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