Climate Change Survey Launched as part of Council’s Phase Two Action Plan

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As part of our phase two climate change actions, an important resident survey focussing on climate change goes live from today.

What is the survey for? 

The aim of the survey is to gather current thoughts and feelings from residents on climate change and carbon reduction on a local and personal level. As well as gauge support for our net zero ambitions for 2038.

What does the survey ask?

The survey is themed primarily around our action areas. It seeks to find out what residents are actively doing to reduce their impact on the environment, and their motivations for doing this. It also explores barriers people might face and why some don’t do anything at all.

How will the information help?

Information gathered from the survey will be collated and provide valuable insight for the Kirklees Climate Change Action Plan. This will help to shape the final version and inform the identification of actions.

Colin Parr, Strategic Director for Environment and Climate Change said:

“It’s important for the council to build an accurate picture of what climate change actions people are taking on a personal level and the barriers residents might face in trying to make changes.

“Additionally, the level of support and understanding from residents for what the council has achieved, and its ongoing ambitions for a net zero district by 2038, is key to informing our Phase Two Climate Change Action Plan.

“Ultimately, they affect everyone who lives and works in Kirklees, but also contribute to the national net zero ambitions for the country. And would wholeheartedly encourage everyone to take a few moments out of their day to fill in the survey.”

Climate emergency 

A detailed update was provided earlier this year on the progress we have already made since the authority declared a climate emergency in 2019.

A number of key actions which we have met as part of its Phase One Climate Action Plan included:

 

  • Overachieving against our previous target which was 40 per cent council emissions reduction. We achieved 53.5 per cent a year early.
  • Sourcing 100 per cent of our energy from renewable sources for council buildings and schools. This has cut our district carbon usage by 17,250 tonnes a year.
  • Planting tens of thousands of trees each year and are leading the White Rose Forest scheme. The scheme is planting seven million in West and North Yorkshire by 2025.
  • Invested £1million in our vehicle fleet to convert to electric and low emission vehicles
  • £1million invested in electric vehicle changing.
  • Converted 97 per cent of our streetlights to LEDs.
  • Launched a retrofitting pilot. The pilot has achieved a 75 per cent carbon saving for the tenants in those properties and is saving them £350 a year on their bills.

The initial version of the Phase Two Climate Change Action Plan is currently being developed by officers. The plan will be published in late summer, with the results of the survey also made available.

Complete the survey. 

Take part in the Climate Change Mitigation survey.

The survey will run for four weeks from Monday 16 May.