In 2019 Medway Council declared a climate emergency, to respond to one of the most important challenges of our time.
We recognise the need for us to act against climate change, but we will not be able to combat this threat alone. It will need the combined actions of Medway’s residents, communities, and businesses.
Our Action Plan has laid out how we will respond to climate change, both as a council, and as a community. It is a working document that will evolve as new opportunities and technologies come to light.
There are actions for the council to lead on, and there are actions for how as a community we must respond. Read our Action Plan to see how together we can work towards addressing this challenge, and what you can do to take action.
Our 11 high level priorities:
Building retrofit programme
We’ll undertake a review of all council buildings for energy efficiency measures and inform businesses and residents about energy grants for privately owned buildings.
Transport, travel and digital connectivity
We’ll provide improved opportunities to walk, cycle, use public transport and electric vehicles to help reduce emissions.
Green and blue infrastructure
We’ll enhance Medway’s green (parks, gardens, trees) and blue (river and wetlands) assets so that they can effectively fight climate change.
Our actions will achieve net zero carbon through:
Using energy efficiency measures to reduce the demand for energy, such as LED lighting.
Using energy from renewable sources that do not produce any carbon emissions, such as solar PV systems.
Using carbon offsetting to balance out the remaining amount of emissions, such as planting trees. This is the last step in a carbon management plan.