Our one year climate actions and achievements
Our Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration
We declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 16 July 2019. This means we pledged to make BCP Council and its operations carbon neutral by 2030, and to work with the wider community to look at how early the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region can be made carbon neutral, ahead of the UK target of 2050.
We are one of 5 UK towns and cities praised as global climate leaders by carbon disclosure charity CDP on their ‘Cities A-List’.
We also purchased green electricity from renewable sources for all our buildings and streetlights, saving over 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
What else have we achieved in the past year?
Our actions this year have included:
- Incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – including no.13: ‘Climate Action’ into our Corporate Strategy
- Incorporating Sustainable Procurement in the Council’s new Financial Regulations
- Work undertaken at bus facilities in response to COVID-19 measures ensuring that buses can be used safely
- School pupils created artwork for the Council’s Leave Only Footprints campaign to encourage care of the environment by visitors
- A Decision Impact Assessment tool enabling all projects, decisions and policies to be assessed against sustainability criteria (such as climate change) has been created
- Staff have been surveyed on their pandemic homeworking experiences to aid introduction of ‘New Ways of Working’ to decrease commuting and work travel
- Electric Vehicle charging points have been installed at council depots and an Electric Refuse Collection Vehicle and road sweepers are to be trialled
- Formed a Coastal Engineering Partnership with Dorset Council to help protect communities from coastal flooding and erosion.