Our climate is changing largely due to our lifestyles which are dependent on fossil fuels (using oil, coal and gas). Climate change will affect everyone, but we still have time to turn the situation around and get back on track if we act now.
In 2019, the UK government committed to become net zero by 2050. Net zero means all of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere must be removed. This is to slow down and eventually stop the Earth heating up, causing global disruption.
In recognition of the urgency to tackle climate change, Sandwell Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2020. We have two targets we have committed to:
- To be a carbon-neutral Council by 2030
- To be a carbon-neutral borough by 2041
We worked together with residents of Sandwell during an eight-week public consultation on climate change and air quality in early 2020, where we found that many participants were very concerned about these topics. This helped us shape our Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
Read more about Council activities that help climate change below:
- Climate Change Facts
- How Can Residents Act
- Reduce your energy costs
- Recycling guide
- Public transport
- Green spaces in Sandwell
- Improving air quality
- Order a Food Waste Bin
Have a look at our pages above for more information, or contact the climate change team