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Find out what we have been doing following our climate emergency declaration.

Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy (ELES)

We have engaged with Kent County Council in the development of the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy (ELES).

Using an evidence-based approach, the strategy identifies actions to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • eliminate poor air quality
  • reduce fuel poverty
  • promote the development of an affordable, clean and secure energy supply.

The strategy was formally adopted by Cabinet on 12 January 2021. View the ELES Cabinet Report.

The ELES is a sub-strategy of the Kent Environment Strategy.

Watch a video about the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy (ELES).

Our journey

On 1 July 2019, council officers from different departments attended a climate emergency workshop to identify short to long term actions for future consideration.

A report was presented to the Cabinet on 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 Group has been established and the first meeting was held in September 2019. The board, chaired by Deputy Leader Councillor Howard Doe, meets every 3 months to set direction and monitor progress. View the Member Advisory Group schedule.

Read the interview with Councillor Doe and Councillor Maple.

Our Climate Change Action Plan was approved by the Cabinet on 8 June 2021.

We published a Climate Response Communications and Engagement Strategy in August 2021 to support the delivery of the plan and ensure we engage with our communities and partners.

Emissions reporting and data

The Climate Change Action Plan, published in June 2021, sets out how we intend to reduce emissions across our estate and operations.  We are working towards a challenging carbon reduction target of 95% by 2050 against a baseline year of 2018/19.

Our First Carbon Budget (2020 to 2027) is 57,631 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission equivalent.

Our progress: annual emissions reports

Our 2020 to 2021 report is due to be published in summer 2022.

Our Climate Change Action Plan sets out how we will work together to reduce emissions across Medway by 2050. We encourage other Medway businesses and organisations to produce similar reports to help understand their carbon emissions and where action is needed. For help with this, head to our ‘Your journey to net zero’ page. {link}.

For more information contact climatechange@medway.gov.uk.

Climate change projects

We're also currently working on several projects to tackle climate change including:

We have also:

  • planted 13,842 small trees across 10 sites in Medway in early 2021, via the Forestry Commission Urban Tree Challenge Fund
  • created 30 miles of wildflower verges during 2020, allowing a wider diversity of wild grasses and flowers to thrive
  • supported Medway’s first electric bus trial in a bid to explore smart technology and the infrastructure needed to support it.

Get involved

Find out how you can help tackle the climate emergency. We have special pages for: