Making the borough carbon neutral by 2030 (climate emergency declaration)
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.
What we are doing to reduce carbon emissions
We are working on a range of initiatives to a reduce carbon emissions. These include:
- delivering on our corporate strategy priority to maximise opportunities for energy efficiency in all council buildings and new developments
- facilitating the development of a district heat network to deliver waste heat from a power station to heat homes
- establishing a carbon offset fund to resource energy-reducing measures across the borough
- delivering a fuel poverty advice service for south east London
- reducing carbon emissions from transport through improved infrastructure for electric vehicles, working with the Government to deliver the Bakerloo line extension and borough-wide implementation of healthy neighbourhoods.
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
|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.
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