Medway Climate Change logoIn 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:

Emission reduction pathways 

We’ll report on our carbon emissions and find out where we need to get to.

Footprint

More about our emission reduction pathways priority

 

Public sector decision making

We'll ensure that climate change is at the heart of everything we do for a low carbon future.

lamp post

More about our public sector decision making priority

 

Planning and development

We’ll ensure the new Local Plan supports a transition towards a low-carbon future.

bee

More about our planning and development priority

 

Climate emergency funding

We’ll establish a strong financial plan and work with Medway’s communities and businesses to access low carbon funding.

Sapling

More about our climate emergency funding priority

 

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.

Electricity efficiency ratings

More about our building retrofit priority

 

Transport, travel and digital connectivity

We’ll provide improved opportunities to walk, cycle, use public transport and electric vehicles to help reduce emissions. 

Tyre tracks

More about our transport, travel and digital connectivity priority

 

Renewable energy generation

Working with developing markets we’ll explore opportunities for alternative energy.

Solar panels

More about our renewable energy generation priority

 

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.

Bee and butterfly

More about our green and blue infrastructure priority

Supporting low carbon business

EV chargingWe’ll help businesses with their low carbon and climate resilience plans.

More about our supporting low carbon business priority

 

Communications

We’ll engage with residents, businesses, schools and visitors on climate change.

Plastic-free

More about our communications priority

 

Climate adaptation and resilience

We’ll prepare for a changing climate and ensure improved resilience.

Apple and books

More about our climate adaptation and resilience priority

 

Our actions will achieve net zero carbon through:

Reducing

Using energy efficiency measures to reduce the demand for energy, such as LED lighting.

Eliminating

Using energy from renewable sources that do not produce any carbon emissions, such as solar PV systems.

Removal

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.

#SmallChanges

Many people think that climate change is too big an issue to tackle by themselves.

If we all make lots of small changes it will help. Find out how you can take action.

Contact details

Facebook: @MedwayClimateChange                 

Twitter: @M_ClimateChange

Instagram: Medway Climate Change

Email: climatechange@medway.gov.uk

Visit the climate change home page.