In 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 Refreshed Climate Change Action Plan 2022 to see how together we can work towards addressing this challenge, and what you can do to take action.
Thank you to everyone who filled in our Climate Change Action Plan survey which closed on
We'll be collating the results of the survey and using them to improve our
Our 11 high level priorities:
Emission reduction pathways
We’ll report on our carbon emissions and find out where we need to get to.
Public sector decision making
We'll ensure that climate change is at the heart of everything we do for a low carbon future.
Climate emergency funding
We’ll establish a strong financial plan and work with Medway’s communities and businesses to access low carbon funding.
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.
Transport, travel and digital connectivity
We’ll provide improved opportunities to walk, cycle, use public transport and electric vehicles to help reduce emissions.
Renewable energy generation
Working with developing markets we’ll explore opportunities for alternative energy.
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.
We’ll engage with residents, businesses, schools and visitors on climate change.
Climate adaptation and resilience
We’ll prepare for a changing climate and ensure improved resilience.
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.
Instagram: Medway Climate Change
Visit the climate change home page.
Our actions will achieve net zero carbon through:
Using energy efficiency measures to reduce the demand for energy, such as LED lighting.
Using energy from renewable sources that do not produce any carbon emissions, such as solar PV systems.
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.