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Havering Council sets out plan to be carbon neutral by 2040

A new initiative will also encourage people and businesses in Havering to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

Havering Council has laid out its plan to tackle climate change and become carbon neutral by 2040. 

Carbon neutral means the council will not emit more greenhouse gases than it can absorb. 

The Havering Climate Change Action Plan will target nine priority areas, including transport and domestic gas use which have been identified as the largest contributors to carbon emissions in the borough. 

There are proposals to improve air quality through the use of cycling, walking and electric vehicles.

Energy efficient homes will also be delivered to help reduce poverty and inequality. 

Havering residents are going to be encouraged to do their part through the Havering Climate Challenge. 

This initiative will call on community groups, schools and businesses to work together to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. 

A spokesperson for the council said it will “continue to lead by example” and has already made significant steps in reducing emissions. 

It switched to LED street lighting and has reduced annual energy consumption by 69 per cent and CO2 emissions by 120 per cent over the past eight years.

Councillor Damian White, the leader of Havering Council, said: “COP26 has ensured that climate change is headline news, and we have to take action now to make sure the next generations inherit a world which is safe and healthy.

“Doing nothing is not an option. This is why it was important we set out the Council’s pledge to tackle this challenge head-on.

“We’ve already made a commitment for the Council to be carbon neutral by 2040 or before and we have already started delivering against our promise, but we must go further and faster.

“The Council will also be working with everyone including residents, businesses and other organisations, because, only together can we address the climate challenge.

“I am pleased to say that this plan sets out our plans for the future, but we cannot be proud until we all make the changes we need to see.”

Havering Council will vote on the Havering Climate Change Action Plan during a meeting on Wednesday, 17 November.

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