West Berkshire Council

Environment Strategy

Protecting and preserving our environment as we work towards carbon neutrality

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Our pdf icon Environment Strategy [3Mb] outlines the steps we intend to take with our partners to reach our target of carbon neutrality by 2030.

The challenge we all face with regard to climate change is recognised across the globe. There is an increasing need for action if we are to respond to the danger this poses to our people, our wildlife and our environment. This ambitious Environment Strategy highlights the fact that we, our partners and local communities all have a part to play in responding to this challenge.

Whilst some projects are already underway, there is a lot to do. A comprehensive Draft Delivery Plan to accompany the strategy has been developed, and draws together the excellent work and plans from across the district. One of the first actions flowing from the Environment Strategy has been the development of an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Strategy. This was approved by the Executive on 3 September 2020.    

Progress will be monitored through our Environment Board and delivery will be supported through the newly-established Environment Delivery Team.

Some of the initial projects and actions included:

  • the launch of Community Municipal Investments to finance green infrastructure projects - the first of its kind in the UK
  • an ambitious solar panel project
  • further investment in electric vehicle charging points
  • natural carbon reduction measures
  • creating wild flower verges

Background

The development of an Environment Strategy was accelerated as a result of the priorities outlined in our Council Strategy and the unanimous declaration of a Climate Emergency by Full Council on 2 July 2019.

The strategy, which was subject to public consultation early in 2020, outlines the steps we and our partners intend to take in order to reach the district's target of carbon neutrality by 2030.

The strategy was approved at the Executive Committee meeting on 16 July 2020

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