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.
Environment and Climate Strategy
The strategy formation was spearheaded 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 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.
The Environment and Climate Strategy was approved by Cabinet on Thursday 17 December 2020.