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Redbridge Council to implement 100 changes to combat climate change

Redbridge Council has already planted 18,500 trees alongside charity Trees for Cities 

More than 100 measures have been identified as part of a plan to make Redbridge Council carbon neutral by 2030. 

The Climate Change Action Plan would see wheelie bins, more electric vehicle charging points and 25km of cycle lanes introduced across the borough.

It is aimed at making the local council carbon zero by 2050 and will go before the cabinet for approval next Tuesday, 7 June. 

A spokesperson for Redbridge Council said the plans are also aimed at supporting residents and businesses in the borough to lower their own carbon footprint. 

The council will help low income households retrofit 250 buildings to reach an energy performance certificate rating of C. 

Local community groups will also be offered assistance delivering green initiatives. 

Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council, said: “We’re committed to stepping up to the challenge of climate change across the council, and the borough – but we can’t do this alone, and need to work together as one community to drive down carbon emissions in Redbridge.

“By acting to address the causes and impacts of climate change we can make our borough a better place to live, work and visit.”

The council has already undertaken various projects over the last few years to develop the borough’s urban greenery. 

It worked with environmental charity Trees for Cities to plant 18,500 trees in parks and open spaces in the area.

Redbridge Council also created a biodiverse woodland space in Seven Kings and and developed grow zones aimed at providing new habitats for plants and wildlife. 

Cabinet member for environment and civic pride, Cllr Jo Blackman, added: “We’ve already seen some great work taking place within the council and across the community to promote green growth in the borough. This action plan builds on that, but it’s only chapter one of our response to the climate emergency.

“We’ll continue to monitor our progress, respond to emerging technology and best practice, and work with partner organisations, businesses and communities to enable them to lead the way in responding to the climate emergency.”

More information about climate change and how you can reduce your carbon footprint can be found online here

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