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Our plan to tackle climate change

Our climate emergency declaration

On 11th July 2019, the council declared an official Climate Emergency. This recognises the severe impacts of climate breakdown as one of the greatest threats to human existence and acknowledges the urgent need to act to prevent further damage. 

Not only are we in climate emergency but also an ecological emergency, which will continue to have worsening impacts upon our biodiversity if left unmanaged.

We understand the need to urgently develop and implement plans and policies needed to address these emergencies, rapidly reduce emissions and build Wyre’s resilience to climate change.

Read our climate emergency declaration 

Our commitment

We have committed to reduce the council's carbon emissions by at least 78% by 2035, in line with the UK Government target. This is an ambitious but realistic target to rapidly reduce the majority of our emissions within a short timeframe, before working to address the harder to reach emissions and achieving net zero by 2050.

We have also committed to support and work with our partners and all other relevant agencies within the community to achieve the same target for the borough. 

What is net zero?

Net zero is simply balancing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we release into the atmosphere, from burning fossil fuels and other harmful activities, with those we can remove from the atmosphere, through schemes such as carbon capture and tree planting.

We will prioritise reducing the amount of emissions we release as much as possible, alongside enhancing our environment to naturally draw down carbon where we can.

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