Our plans to tackle climate change

Our new ambitious plan to make the borough completely carbon neutral by 2038 has been approved by Cabinet.

What does that mean?

Cabinet members backed the Kirklees Climate Emergency action plan on 12 November and called for even more investment to increase the number of electric vehicles in the borough.

What’s in the plan?

The plan will now include proposals to significantly boost the number of electric vehicles in the council’s fleet and for more public charging points to be installed across the borough to support residents and visitors to move towards electric vehicles.

Free parking?

To support this further, parking will also be free for hybrid and electric vehicles across Kirklees in a bid to encourage more people to drive them.

This comes after the council passed a motion declaring a district-wide climate emergency in January 2019 and established the Climate Emergency Working Party (CEWP) to identify actions to reduce emissions in Kirklees.

On 12 November, Cabinet was presented with the CEWP’s action plan which sets out an ambition for Kirklees to become a carbon neutral district by at least 2038 – the deadline set by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. This will mean environmental impact will be considered as part of any decision made by the authority.

Some other key actions to help us reach this target include; boosting local woodland through the White Rose Forest Partnership, establishing a Kirklees Climate Commission and Kirklees Green Charter and to hold a Kirklees Youth Summit on climate change.

We will also continue its measures to significantly improve recycling rates in advance of a full review of the waste collection and disposal service.

This all forms Phase 1 of the council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, Phase 2 will set out how Kirklees will become carbon neutral by 2038 and will be released next year.

Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Greener Kirklees, said:

“Climate change is already happening and action to address it is now an emergency. Cases of extreme weather such as heat waves and rainfall are having consequences already in Kirklees with issues such as moorland fires and flooding in particular affecting the region.

It’s not too late to prevent some of the very worst effects of climate change but we must act now and that’s why we put actions in phase one of our plan which will make a significant and immediate impact.

We will then work on delivering phase two of our plan which will set out our long-term strategy to make Kirklees a carbon-neutral district by at least 2038.

This plan gives us the platform we need to build on but in order for us to make real change and for Kirklees to become carbon neutral, we all have a role to play. We can only do this with everyone on-board so I urge people to read our plan and think about what you can do to improve our climate.”

Where can I find out more?

The plans will now be presented to Full Council on 13 November. Read the Kirklees Climate Emergency Action Plan in full here.

Supporting all of this work is Kirklees Council’s Air Quality Action Plan which identifies the action the authority will take to improve air quality in the borough between April 2019 and March 2024. This Action Plan was also approved by Cabinet on 12 November.

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