We declared a climate emergency in 2019 because we all must take urgent action to improve and protect our environment.
Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide trap heat, helping to warm the globe. The amount of carbon emissions are now causing an overall warming of the planet with corresponding devastating impacts starting to be felt.
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.
Our vision is to make Kirklees completely carbon neutral by 2038.
This will mean carbon emissions from human activities in Kirklees will need to be dramatically reduced to zero with any remaining emissions safely removed from the atmosphere. This can also be referred to as achieving 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2038.
Using independent analysis to set a 'carbon-budget' for Kirklees to achieve our net zero ambition. We will also publically disclose our carbon emissions.
Massively increasing the amount of public electric vehicle charging points to become one of the UK's best networks.
All low and ultra-low emission cars park for free in Kirklees
Adding signficantly more electric vehicles to Kirklees Council's fleet.
Environmental impact is assessed as part of any Kirklees Council decision.
Planting more trees through the White Rose Forest Partnership.
Establishing a Kirklees Climate Commission and developing a Kirklees Green Charter.
Hosting a Kirklees Youth Summit on climate change.
Recycling rate of 55 percent by 2025.
A detailed and ambitious programme and action plan released in 2020 to set out how Kirklees becomes carbon neutral by 2038.