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Climate and Ecological Emergency

Published Thursday 13 August, 2020
Last updated on Thursday 27 January, 2022

Swale Borough Council declared a climate and ecological emergency on 26 June 2019. The purpose of the declaration was to draw attention to the urgent need to reverse the decline in biodiversity in Swale and to take effective action to reduce carbon emissions in the borough. The declaration sets the goals for carbon emissions from the council’s operations to be carbon neutral by 2025 and for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Since the declaration the Council has:

  • drawn up an action plan
  • commissioned a report on the carbon emissions of the Council’s own operations
  • established  a cross-party steering group of councillors and officers to manage the Council’s response to the climate and ecological emergency

Progress we’ve made against our targets

In the first year since the declaration the Council has:

  • published an action plan
  • appointed a representative to the Kent Nature Partnership’s steering group to develop a Kent-wide biodiversity strategy
  • published a report by the Carbon Trust to understand the Council’s own carbon footprint
  • identified key measures to improve air quality through our approved Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), and commissioned a study into the introduction of a Clean Air Zone along the A2
  • started to plan an eco-refit of our offices at Swale House
  • collaborated with primary schools to raise awareness of air quality
  • worked with Plastic Free Faversham to help reduce single-use plastics
  • shared ideas and information with our Green Grid partners, Medway Swale Estuary Partnership and Kent County Council
  • drawn up plans to replace the Council’s diesel vehicles with electric vehicles
  • installed charging points for electric vehicles in car parks in Sittingbourne
  • drawn up plans for electric vehicle charging points to be installed in public car parks in Faversham and Sheerness

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