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Net zero Leicestershire

We have a history of taking action to reduce our environmental impact and declared a climate emergency in 2019.

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We're committed to addressing climate change through becoming a net zero council by 2030 and working with Leicestershire people and organisations to become a net zero county by 2045 or before. 

Leicestershire County Council ‘declares a climate emergency’ and ‘recognises that there is an increasing urgency for action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change’. The Council ‘will aim to achieve carbon neutrality from its own operations by 2030’ and ‘commits to work with business and other public bodies across the county and region to deliver this ambitious goal through all relevant technologies, strategies and plans.

Why do we need to act on climate change?

The urgent need for action on climate change has been recognised by over 170 countries globally and by over 300 UK local authorities who have declared a climate emergency.

The 2015 Paris Agreement signed countries up to work together in limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C, with the aim of achieving a 1.5°C limit. This is the recognised level established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to limit the risks and impacts of climate change. In response, the UK government set a legally binding greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 100% by 2050.

If this target is to be achieved - we all need to take action, organisations, individuals and businesses, in addition to local and national government. The Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget’ report underlines the role that local government has. 

Net Zero strategy and action plan

A 12-week consultation took place from 4 May to 26 July 2022, to invite residents, councils, businesses and others across the county to have their say on the council’s 2045 Net Zero Strategy and Action Plan. 

The 2045 Net Zero Strategy and Action Plan was informed by the 2045 Net Zero Roadmap, which assessed the Leicestershire’s emissions sources, pathways and recommendations for action to achieve net zero.

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The outputs of the consultation are currently being reviewed to help shape the final 2045 net zero strategy and action plan. 

Further details of the consultation including the draft Net Zero Strategy and Action Plan can be viewed on our You said, we did page. Once available, the consultation summary and final strategy and action plan will be available to download.

While the consultation is now closed; you can still get in touch with us via netzero@leics.gov.uk to share your ideas about how we can achieve Net Zero Leicestershire. 

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