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Recognition for climate action

Published Wednesday 23 November, 2022
Last updated on Friday 25 November, 2022

  • Swale is one of 123 districts to receive top score on climate action from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • A-List districts build climate momentum, taking twice as many climate mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A Listers
  • Only 12 per cent of districts received an A score in 2022
  • Swale is the only authority in Kent to receive an A rating

Swale Borough Council has been recognised by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as one of 123 districts across the globe that is taking bold leadership on environmental action.

CDP’s A List is designed to encourage and support districts to ramp up their climate action and ambition and is based on the environmental data they disclose. This year just over one in ten districts (12% of such cities) received an A.

To score an A, districts must publicly disclose through the CDP’s reporting platform, have a renewable energy target for the future, and have a published climate action plan. They must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how they plan to tackle climate hazards.

Cllr Julian Saunders, chair of the environment committee at the council, said:

“We’ve made it a priority to understand the impacts of climate change in Swale and reporting our progress to the carbon disclosure project is just one way we commit to becoming a net zero borough.

“We approach tackling climate change as a whole council, sharing best practice and results across departments and embedding climate change action into our decision making and procurement contracts.”

Cllr Tim Valentine, vice chair of the environment committee at the council, said:

“We’re delighted to be rated A by the carbon disclosure project.

“The recognition highlights our commitment to science based targets to tackle global heating, by planting trees, insulating council buildings, and decarbonising our fleet of vehicles to name just a few actions we have taken.”

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