Environment and climate strategy

Have your say on how we tackle climate change in our borough. We want to hear your feedback on our draft Environment and Climate Strategy for the Royal Borough.

As part of our efforts to tackle climate change, we’ve committed to achieving a target of net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2050. The draft strategy sets out our plan to achieve this and it will drive the decisions and actions we take for the next five years, so we want to make sure it addresses the issues that are most important to you, our residents.

Tackling climate change involves everyone – it will take the combined efforts of business, industry, residents and community groups to make this a reality. 

Consultation

We want to hear your views on the draft strategy, on our vision, the approach we’re proposing to take and the issues we’re focusing on. We also want to hear how you’d like to be involved in delivering the strategy, so that together the Royal Borough can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

If we achieve what we set out to do, we can look forward to a Borough that is a healthier, happier, more community-focussed place to live, play and work, and is showing real leadership in tackling these major challenges.

The consultation is open from Wednesday 29 July 2020 until Tuesday 29 September 2020.

View the draft Environment and Climate Strategy for further information. 

Access the consultation online and give your feedback

Have your say 

If you are unable to access the online strategy, please email: climate-change.consultation@rbwm.gov.uk and we will arrange for a hard copy to be made available. We would ask however that you only do this if necessary, to minimise our environmental impact.

If viewing a hard copy of the strategy, a paper response form will also be made available. These need to be posted back to:

Sustainability Team
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road,
Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1RF.

Comments must be received no later than 6pm on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

All duly made comments received will be considered as part of the process for preparing the final document. We will be publishing a summary of all comments received in due course as part of the consultation statement.

Please note that responses must be attributable to named individuals or organisations. For further information on Data Protection, please see our website at http://rbwm.objective.co.uk/file/5672451.

Background

In June 2019, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council declared an environment and climate emergency. The issues driving this decision were, and remain, some of the most challenging ever faced by humanity, with our climate changing on a scale and pace that threatens our way of life and that of future generations.

We are now more aware than ever of the threat that climate change poses, and we are confident that if we take urgent and real action, we can turn back this tide.

Our vision is to be a Borough where the community collectively works together to achieve a sustainable future, protecting and enhancing our natural environment and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Draft Environment and Climate Strategy

The draft strategy was created by a cross-party councillor working group, supported by officers and with input from key stakeholders in the community and various environmental groups, and was approved by the council for public consultation in June 2020.

The draft Environment and Climate Strategy sets out the Council's vision and actions to achieve the Borough's net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050 and our five year approach to working in partnership with local communities to tackle this challenge. It will drive the decisions, resources and actions we make across all our activities.

The Environment and Climate Strategy focuses on four key themes:

  • Circular Economy: More sustainable resource use, increasing recycling rates and supporting less resource-intensive lifestyles.
  • Energy: Reducing consumptions and decarbonising our supply of energy.
  • Natural Environment: Supporting biodiversity, health and wellbeing.
  • Transport: Reduce the need for carbon intensive travel by encouraging walking and cycling, as well as investing in digital infrastructure.

Energy and sustainability : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Energy Manager - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF