Our vision is for a Net Zero and Climate Ready Kirklees by 2038.
This provides Kirklees with focus on both mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
For mitigation, carbon emissions from human activities within Kirklees will need to be dramatically reduced to zero, with any remaining emissions safely removed from the atmosphere.
Adaptation is about strengthening Kirklees' process to adjust to the actual and expected climate and its effects. Taking action on adaptation will reduce the potential impact that our changing climate - through flooding, storms, and higher temperatures, will have on Kirklees.
Our overall target for emission reduction is to achieve 'Net-Zero by 2038'.
But why 2038?
In August 2019, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research produced a report for Kirklees Council outlining recommended climate change targets based upon the commitments in the 2015 Paris Agreement to stay "well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C" for global temperature rise. This work was informed by climate science and defined in terms of science-based carbon budget setting.
The report recommended that Kirklees aims to "reach zero or near zero carbon no later than 2041."
Following the report from the Tyndall Centre, Kirklees set a more ambitious target to reach net-zero by 2038, aligning with both the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's target, and the regional target for Yorkshire and Humber set by the Yorkshire Leaders Board.
The units Kirklees have and will continue to use in the monitoring of emission reduction is CO2 (carbon dioxide) equivalent - meaning we will consider all greenhouse gases, and not just carbon dioxide.
The Tyndall Centre report for Kirklees can be found at Manchester University: Find a carbon budget report , by selecting "Yorkshire and Humber" and then "Kirklees" before pressing "Submit".