Kingston is set to go carbon neutral by 2038 according to the new Climate Action Plan.
On 10 March the Place Committee approved the updated plans to help the borough move towards its green goal. It aims to deliver safer streets, warmer homes, new jobs and improved air quality.
Portfolio holder for environment and sustainable transport councillor Stephanie Archer said: “Climate change is the biggest threat that faces us and our planet and I am proud that we are publishing our ambitious Climate Emergency Action Plan today.”
The plan was shaped by community and expert feedback following the Kingston Climate Conversation in 2021 when over 300 people engaged through surveys, emails and focus groups. Almost 80 per cent of people stated that tackling climate change should be a priority for the council.
The findings led to the council expanding its objectives to drive the borough towards its 2038 target, whilst also working with residents and partners to influence carbon reduction.
Archer said: “The impacts of climate change are clear. Risks to water supplies, localised flooding, loss of biodiversity, heat stresses, food insecurity and an impact on the health and wellbeing of our residents.”
On an operational level, the council now aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 with investment already made to reduce emissions from its vehicles, buildings and street lighting. The council will maintain a focus on attracting green funding and grants to Kingston, to ensure the borough is able to take the action that’s needed.
The council will use its role as a facilitator and influencer to empower communities, businesses and partners to take effective climate action as the country strives to become net zero.