How can you combat climate change?

There are many ways that you can beat climate change. As part of the Climate Change Strategy consultation, we will be using your feedback to compile a local guide outlining how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some changes you can make today.

Consider green energy at home

Power your home in a cleaner way by choosing a green energy tariff or supplier.

Making the switch means your home will be powered with electricity from sustainable sources, such as wind and solar, based here in the UK. It also means you are choosing a form of electricity that has far lower carbon dioxide emissions than conventional brown electricity which relies on imported fossil fuels.

Some energy switching websites offer green or renewable energy comparisons. The following providers offer green electricity and have been approved by the Energy Saving Trust:

Green your commute

There are many ways to reduce your transportation emissions. It will also make you healthier, happier and could save you money. Whenever you can, try to:

  • Consider working from home at least one day per week
  • Take public transport
  • Ride a bike
  • Walking
  • Consider car share
  • Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • Fly less (and if you do fly, make sure you offset your emissions)

The following websites provide information about electric vehicle charging points in your area:

Some airlines offer carbon offset as part of booking. Find out which on the Quality Assurance Standard website.

Carbon Footprint and Climate Care both offer carbon offsetting for flights and more.

Holiday close to home

Great Britain has some of the most captivating and varied landscapes in the world. A family of four going by train from London to Edinburgh produces around 58kg of CO2 for a return trip. However, a flight from London to Orlando, Florida produces versus 2,720kg, which is 47 times as much greenhouse gases. Could you stay local? Go to Visit Richmond for local inspiration.

Insulate your home for a warm and cosy winter

Insulating your home and cutting out drafts has the biggest impact on energy conservation in the home.  This simple low-cost, one-off action prevents wasting energy, which means your home is more comfortable in winter and summer for decades to come.

You will also significantly reduce your heating bills and carbon emissions are cut as less gas and oil are burnt. Home improvements, such as cavity wall or solid wall insulation, makes a huge difference. Other measures include topping up loft insulation to 27cm, draft proofing windows and doors, using a smart thermostat set at 19c, lagging pipes and fitting thermal-lined curtains.

There are some grants available for people on low incomes. Speak to your energy provider to find out if you are eligible or look at the comprehensive Which? guide.

Use energy wisely - and save money too

By getting more energy efficient, you'll pollute less and save money. These small changes all add up:

  • Stop using your dishwasher
  • Change to energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when you are not using them
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water
  • Dryers are energy hogs - hang dry when you can
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Turning off lights

The Energy Saving Trust has a host of ways you can improve you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Eat for a climate-stable planet

  • Buy organic
  • Eat some meat-free meals - perhaps consider 'meat-free Monday'
  • Buy local
  • Don't waste food - buy less

Here are useful links on how you can change the way you buy and eat food:

Council services and programmes

We are also working to reduce the borough's carbon footprint. Find out about our services and programmes below:

Waste and recycling

Richmond currently recycles around 43% of our waste. This number has not increased for nine years. We need to do more.

Over the last decade, recycling has emerged as one of the most important weapons in the fight against global warming and climate change.

Recycling saves energy, reduces deforestation, minimises greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and encourages the production of more energy efficient products. We have a comprehensive waste and recycling service for both residents and businesses.

There are also other things you can do, including:

Idling

Don't idle your car! If you are caught idling, you could face a fine.

Sign our pledge

Heathrow

We are taking legal action against the government's plans to expand Heathrow Airport.

Planning and development

Reducing carbon emissions from development and making sure buildings are sustainable is an important way that we can improve the borough. Find out what we are doing with planning and development.

Get involved with local groups and organisations

Local environmental organisations

Food/reuse groups

'Friends of...' groups

Litter/tidy borough groups

Updated: 4 March 2020