In April 2019, Medway Council declared a climate change emergency.
We are committed to developing proposals to address the climate emergency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposals will inform the development of a five year action plan for Medway.
Our declaration fits into our Council Plan priority of making Medway a place to be proud of. The key outcome being a 'clean and green environment'.
Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy (ELES)
We are engaging with Kent County Council in the development of the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy (ELES).
The purpose of the strategy is to identify an evidence based approach to deliver clean growth.
This includes strategies and actions to:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- eliminate poor air quality
- reduce fuel poverty
- deliver an affordable, clean and secure energy supply
The ELES is a sub-strategy of the Kent Environment Strategy.
What we're doing
On Monday 1 July 2019, council officers from different departments attended a climate emergency workshop to identify short to long term actions for future consideration.
Officers are currently putting together baseline data on the proposals.
A report was presented to cabinet on Tuesday 9 July 2019 setting out our aspirations and approach to delivering an action plan. View the climate change motion cabinet report.
A cross-party Member Advisory Board has been established and the first meeting was held in September 2019. The board, chaired by Deputy Leader Councillor Howard Doe, will meet every three months to set direction and monitor progress.
A draft outline action plan and progress report were submitted to Cabinet on 3 March 2020.
Climate change projects
We're also currently working on a number of projects to tackle climate change including:
- installing new LED street lights across Medway
- reducing single-use plastic items across council business
- encouraging drivers to switch-off their engines when stationary
- the Solar Together solar panel group buying scheme
We’ve also arranged Medway’s first electric bus trial in a bid to explore smart technology and the infrastructure needed to support it.