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In April 2019, Medway Council declared a climate change emergency

Responding to this declaration fits with the Council Plan priority ‘Medway: a place to be proud of’ and the key outcome of a ‘clean and green environment’.

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.

We have started to monitor the carbon footprint of our estate and operations. View our annual carbon emissions reports.

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: