Climate change

We recognise that climate change is occurring and will have far reaching effects on the UK's economy, society and environment. Each Peterborough city resident produces an average of 5.1 tonnes of CO2 every year. This has reduced from 8.1 tonnes of CO2 per capita in 2005.

What we have committed to doing

  1. Make the council's activities and the city's net-zero carbon by 2030 with a baseline, action plan and budget by 31st March 2020.
  2. Ensure political and chief officer leadership to embed this priority into work, ensuring all decisions are in line with net-zero carbon by 2030.
  3. Set up a Climate Change Partnership group proactively involving young people and convene a citizens assembly.
  4. Review 2020/21 budget proposals and ascertain environmental impact.
  5. Use planning powers to deliver net carbon new developments and communities and increased tree planting.
  6. Achieve 100% clean energy across the council’s full range of functions by 2030 and explore renewable generation and storage.
  7. Replace all council vehicles with electric or hybrids including the mayor’s car, provide electric vehicle infrastructure and encourage alternatives to private car use across the city.
  8. Increase the efficiency of buildings, in particular to address fuel poverty.
  9. Coordinate events to raise awareness and share best practice and keep everyone updated.
  10. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise.

What we have done so far

A number of activities have taken place since the council declared a climate emergency.

Carbon Management Action Plan

The most significant of these is the development of a Carbon Management Action Plan for the council’s operations. This plan is the first major step we are taking to deliver our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 across the council’s operations.

This plan details where the council’s current emissions come from, incorporates existing plans we’ve got to reduce emissions and the areas we will focus on to achieve reductions over the next two years.

The plan is available to download below.

Climate Management Action Plan
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Climate Change cross party working Group

The council has set up a cross party working group to aid greater understanding of the complex key issues which the council must consider, and the reasonable options that exist to address those issues in order to deliver net-zero carbon emissions across the city.

Carbon Impact Assessments

The council have introduced a process to ensure that all decisions taken across the organisation are subject to mandatory Carbon Impact Assessments. This process seeks to consider possible emissions related impacts arising directly or indirectly as a result of the decision and make sure that the decision maker is able to take this information into account.

Climate Change Day of Action

The council held its first Climate Action Day on Wednesday 4th March 2020. The day saw local residents and organisations across the city making simple changes to their day-to-day lifestyle in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

What you can do

Whether you are a resident, business or visitor to Peterborough there is plenty you can do to help the city achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Some ideas include:

Learn more about climate change

Climate change can be a daunting subject but there is plenty of information available to help you understand it in more detail. If you would like to know more about climate change, and even gain a certificate, the Open University offer a free to access course online. This is a good intermediate level course, which you can do as quickly or slowly as you want. They even offer a free certificate on successful completion.

Make simple changes to your day to day life

There are lots of small changes you can make as an individual that cumulatively, if more people chose to do them, would have a significant impact:

  • Calculate your carbon footprint. There are a number of different tools out there to help you do this. We like this one from the Global Footprint Network.
  • Think about how you travel. Could you walk or cycle for all or part of your journey? You don’t have to change everything at once, why not challenge yourself to start ‘walking on Wednesday’s?’ The council’s Travelchoice team can help you to make this change a reality by providing hands on advice, hints and tips.
  • We have great recycling facilities for residents in Peterborough. Your grey recycling bin can take care of many items for you, if you’re not sure if it can be recycled visit the bin waste advice page for more information.
  • Have you switched your household energy tariff recently? Renewable energy tariffs are becoming increasingly competitive, often costing little or no more than a regular supply of fossil fuel based power.
  • What about trying ‘meat free Monday’s’. Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of animal agriculture and industrial fishing. The campaign encourages people to help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one plant-based day each week.

We are really keen to hear about any changes you can make. Why not tweet the council @peterboroughcc and use the hashtag #pboromarchforth.