Climate emergency

Climate emergency

Why we must act now

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 2038 carbon neutral vision

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.

How will we do this?

Phase One

Set a carbon budget

Using independent analysis to set a 'carbon-budget' for Kirklees to achieve our net zero ambition. We will also publically disclose our carbon emissions.

Four people walking towards Castle Hill

Increase the amount of electric vehicle charging points

Massively increasing the amount of public electric vehicle charging points to become one of the UK's best networks.

Someone charging their electric car

Low emission cars park for free

All low and ultra-low emission cars park for free in Kirklees

Electric car parking space

Add more electric vehicles to Kirklees Council's fleet

Adding signficantly more electric vehicles to Kirklees Council's fleet.

Kirklees Council electric van

Environmental impact considered in all decisions

Environmental impact is assessed as part of any Kirklees Council decision.

Greenhead Park

Plant more trees

Planting more trees through the White Rose Forest Partnership.

A person planting a tree

Create a Kirklees Climate Commission and Kirklees Green Charter

Establishing a Kirklees Climate Commission and developing a Kirklees Green Charter.

Two people cycling

Host a Kirklees Youth Summit

Hosting a Kirklees Youth Summit on climate change.

Young people protesting about climate change

Increase recycling rate

Recycling rate of 55 percent by 2025.

A person recycling used paper

Phase Two

Programme and action plan

A detailed and ambitious programme and action plan released in 2020 to set out how Kirklees becomes carbon neutral by 2038.