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Climate change

Tewkesbury Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency at full council on 1st October 2019

The Council has committed to become carbon neutral by 2030 by addressing greenhouse gas emissions from our operations, specifically the Council’s Public Service Centre building, but also addressing:

  • Electricity, gas and water use in our buildings that are used to provide a public service.
  • The Council’s Vehicle Fleet
  • Travel by employees and Councillors in vehicles or by public transport for Council purposes
  • Office waste

Being Carbon Neutral means that any remaining greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from an organisation’s activities are balanced by an equivalent amount being removed.

More recently, in May 2023, the Council extended this declaration to a Borough wide Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Our strategy

We have been developing a Carbon Reduction Programme which sets out immediate actions alongside a long-term strategy for the Council to become Carbon Neutral.

We also plan to work with residents, businesses, community groups and other organisations to tackle greenhouse gas emissions across the Borough.

Visit our pages on how residents can tackle climate change.

Without increased and urgent mitigation ambition in the coming years, leading to a sharp decline in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, global warming will surpass 1.5°C in the following decades, leading to irreversible loss of the most fragile ecosystems, and crisis after crisis for the most vulnerable people and societies.
Source: IPCC, 2018: Global Warming of 1.5°C.

‘Helping us to Help You!’ online survey

If you are a homeowner investing in your property over the next 1-5 years, then the Low Carbon Communities Project will provide opportunities for homeowners in Tewkesbury Borough to receive free technical support and advice about energy efficiency and home retrofit.

Click here to find out how the Low Carbon Communities Project can benefit you and how to get involved.