FootprintWhat we want to achieve

To understand Medway and the council’s emissions, to form a pathway to reduce those emissions, and to use carbon budgeting to achieve reduction.

By 2030, we will have made significant impact on emissions reduction, and by 2050 we will reach net zero carbon. To be net zero carbon, we must be removing the same amount of carbon (or equivalent of other greenhouse gasses) that we emit, resulting in zero additional greenhouse gasses entering the atmosphere.

How we will do this

We have set out a range of actions for how Medway can respond to the climate emergency. These range from actions that the council will take to lead by example, to those that will support the community to take action.

Some of the key actions are highlighted below.


Ensure that the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy (KMELES) is implemented and continue to engage with other Kent councils on joint opportunities to achieve net zero.

KMELES allows us to work alongside Kent County Council and the Kent District Councils to respond to the climate emergency.

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Monitor our carbon and energy usage, so that we can plan how we will apply our carbon budgets to reach our final target of net zero carbon by 2050.

To achieve this, we will:

  • report annual emissions
  • form a carbon reporting working group to ensure reporting on carbon emissions is completed efficiently
  • centralise council vehicle mileage and fuel data collection.


Undertake an assessment of Scope 3 emissions (those emissions which are indirect, such as staff commuting) and use this to inform future actions for emissions reduction across Medway.


Develop a climate change scorecard for Medway.

This is currently being mapped out and it will allow us to report progress against our net zero carbon target.

Read all the actions

To read all the actions in our plan:


We have:

  • assessed our baseline carbon emissions (2018 to 2019)
  • identified areas where we need to refine our data collection methods
  • received training on a greenhouse gas accounting tool
  • undertaken an initial assessment of the council’s Scope 3 emissions
  • undertaken an initial assessment of the areas of influence the council has over Medway.