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Taking action on climate change
With the declaration of a climate emergency, we've put the need to confront climate change as an important priority. To tackle the climate emergency, we've pledged to ensure that Luton is a carbon neutral town by 2040, ten years ahead of the government’s own target.
Meeting this ambitious objective will need everyone in Luton to be involved. Therefore, a town wide engagement and debate on the issue is needed. We need to:
- know what the people of Luton think
- listen to ideas concerning the measures you want to see implemented in the town
- understand the scale and pace of change that is required
Keep up to date with our action on climate change by checking:
Councillors are encouraged use the Local Government Association’s Acting on climate change workbook to guide them on the:
- drivers of the changing climate
- role of local councils in tackling climate change
- opportunities that emerge from taking action
Where we have got to so far?
In preparation for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and our commitment towards achieving net zero emissions by 2040, we've released our first ever climate change guide. The guide is aimed at:
- raising awareness of climate change
- helping people to identify their carbon footprint
- helping people to reduce their carbon impact
- key facts and figures in energy conservation and carbon reduction measures
If you have any comments or feedback about the guide please contact us at [email protected].
March to May 2020
Despite the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all our lives, we have continued to take action in our commitment to deliver a carbon neutral Luton by 2040, expanding our climate change team in April 2020 to ensure that target can be met.
A review of the Climate Change Action Plan will be conducted in April 2020 by our climate change team. The review will consider the timing and phasing of some initiatives due to impact of COVID-19.
In response to feedback received at February’s climate change forum, the climate change team is seeking to deliver a carbon literacy training package to council staff. Such training will develop an understanding of:
- the science behind climate change
- a local council’s role in tackling climate change
- what a zero carbon council would look like
- tailored actions that can be undertaken by each council service as part of a climate change action plan
A climate change forum was undertaken on 11 February 2020 at the Hat Factory, Luton. Attendees were briefed on the challenge ahead by a series of guest speakers, followed by two engaging workshops.
These workshops enabled attendees to suggest ideas and actions that should be taken in Luton to tackle climate change.
We published our climate change report. Commissioned by the council and conducted by the Antithesis Group, the report:
- highlighted the emissions profiles of Luton and the council
- discussed the degree to which the town’s emissions can be influenced with regional or national bodies
- provided an evidence base for future action plans relating to climate change
A copy of this report can be found here: Luton climate action plan support.
A draft climate change action plan for the council was also published. The document outlined initial areas where we'll focussing such as:
- exploring and cutting carbon emissions from our operations
- increasing carbon sequestration efforts
You can read the climate change action plan here.
We declared a climate emergency and agreed our next steps to ensure Luton is carbon neutral by 2040.
The Climate Change Executive Advisory Board outlined recommendations on climate change policy to the council’s Executive. These included establishing a series of community engagement events on Luton’s approach.
Established the cross party Climate Change Executive Advisory Board, a climate change sub-group of the council’s Executive. The group was tasked with driving climate change activity within the council and across the town.
We announced our intention for the town to be carbon neutral ahead of the government’s target of 2050.