Our response to the climate emergency

In July 2019, Brent Council declared a climate and ecological emergency and committed to do all in its gift to strive for carbon neutrality by 2030. In late 2019, we held the Brent Climate Assembly to understand resident’s priorities. The outcome of these workshops has informed our Strategy for reaching that ambitious goal.

Brent’s Climate & Ecological Emergency Strategy is the culmination of a year of research, review, and engagement with our communities and colleagues. It sets out our proposed priorities and a pathway to carbon zero. You can find out more information about the Strategy and the consultation by clicking the links below.

How will we track progress?

Each year we will publish a delivery plan against which we can track progress. This will set out specific priority actions for the coming 12 months, based on available funding. Good progress has already been made in all five of the areas outlined in Brent’s Climate & Ecological Emergency Strategy.

What have we already done to tackle the climate emergency?

In 2020, the council announced that it cut its emissions by 63.7% over the last decade. This exceeds the government’s target and a more robust self-imposed goal which was agreed in 2018.

Homes and Buildings

  • 766 solar panels installed through council-supported scheme Solar Together, saving 49 tonnes of carbon each year
  • One very green Civic Centre. The Brent Civic Centre was named the greenest public sector building in 2014.

Consumption, Resources and Waste

  • 21,000 LED street lights installed, reducing carbon emissions by 62% while continuing to keep our streets safe
  • 150 tonnes of plastic saved by the Plastic Free Wembley campaign, including trialling biodegradable bags, made from potato peels and corn, in Wembley’s litter bins
  • 34,586 residents given tailored recycling advice by the Veolia education team
  • Doubled the number of Christmas Trees recycled from 2,000 in 2018/19 to 4,000 the following year with a network of designated drop-off points and a communications campaign. 

Nature and Green Space

  • 22 wildflower meadows planted to boost biodiversity, making up Brent’s Bee Corridor

Transport

  • Over 115 charging points for electric vehicles installed across the borough
  • 553 adults and 2,942 children received free cycle training in the last year
  • 33 School Street trials, where the roads around a school are closed to traffic during drop off and pick up times to limit toxic emissions - the third highest number of all London boroughs
  • Eight roads closed to polluting vehicles for London Car Free Day 2019
  • One anti-idling campaign which continues to educate motorists about the harmful effect on local air pollution of idling in a car. In 2021, Brent Council took the #EnginesOff pledge and introduced new engine idling guidelines for staff and contractors.
  • 16% drop in the most polluting cars after changes to parking permits
  • £50 annual diesel surcharge introduced on parking permits to encourage motorists to switch to greener forms of transport and cut air pollution. This will soon increase to £75 and then £100