Climate emergency: Council outlines proposals to boost green infrastructure and make homes cheaper to heat

10 November 2020

Getting around by foot and by bike with ease. Reusing and recycling items by default. Cosy homes which keep the heat in and cut energy bills. These were among the proposals for tackling the climate emergency outlined by Brent Council today, as it warned of the consequences of inaction.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said:“Coronavirus showed us that global events have local consequences. And, like this pandemic, the effects of climate change will take the greatest toll on the poorest, widening existing inequalities. The good news is that we already know what to do about it.”

The path to 2030

Brent’s Draft Climate Emergency Strategy is the culmination of a year of research, review, and engagement with local communities. It responds to the climate and ecological emergency declared by Full Council in 2019 and proposes prioritising five main areas to cut Brent’s carbon emissions by 2030:

  • Consumption, resources and waste
  • Transport
  • Homes and buildings
  • Nature and green spaces
  • Supporting communities

Last week, the Council reported that it had beat its target of cutting carbon emissions by 60% a year ahead of schedule.

Together towards zero

Cllr Krupa Sheth added, “This strategy isn’t just about us as a council, it’s about the whole community, from businesses to schools to individuals, acting together on climate change. This joint-effort was something the Brent Climate Assembly stressed when they learnt more about the scale of the challenge. Let’s also be clear, success hinges on national government showing leadership and committing the right resources at a local level.”

On Monday 9th November, the draft strategy was given the green light for public consultation by Brent’s Cabinet. Members of the public, groups and other organisations are encouraged to comment on the proposals. The formal consultation will be supported by a programme of activities to help break down some of the complex issues surrounding climate change.

As part of this, the council launched a new section of its website dedicated to the climate emergency, packed with tips and links to further support for taking action on climate change.

For more information, go to www.brent.gov.uk/climateemergency