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.
What we are 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.
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, meets every three months to set direction and monitor progress. View the Member Advisory Board schedule.
Our Climate Change Action Plan was approved by the Cabinet on 8 June 2021.
We will now prepare a Communications and Engagement Strategy to support the delivery of the plan and ensure we engage with our communities and partners.
Climate change projects
We're also currently working on several projects to tackle climate change including:
- installing new LED streetlights across Medway
- encouraging drivers to switch-off their engines when stationary
- supporting the Solar Together solar panel group buying scheme
- encouraging businesses and individuals across Medway to reduce single-use plastic waste
- continuing to expand and improve upon Medway’s cycleways.
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.