Our Climate Change Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan

We need to be ambitious to beat climate change and air pollution. Therefore, from September to October we consulted on two major strategies - the Climate Change Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan.

Our Climate Change Strategy

The draft Climate Change Strategy sets out how we aim to reduce our own carbon footprint. Residents were asked for their feedback from September to October. The feedback from the consultation is currently being evaluated and an amended strategy will be published later in 2019.

The draft strategy is split into five key themes:

Our air: Improving local air quality

Our nature: Green infrastructure and biodiversity

Our waste: Waste and plastics and the circular economy

Our water: Water management and flood abatement

Our legacy: Climate change mitigation and energy efficiency

The draft strategy aims to show how we will:

  • Reduce emissions from our own buildings and operations
  • Reduce energy consumption and emissions by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy sources, and behaviour change
  • Reduce emissions from transport by promoting sustainable transport, reducing car travel and traffic congestion and encouraging behaviour change
  • Reduce consumption of resources
  • Increase recycling and reducing waste
  • Support council services, residents and businesses to adapt to the impacts of climate change

View the draft Climate Change Strategy (pdf, 7.9 MB)

Our Air Quality Action Plan

This new Air Quality Action Plan will cover the actions we intend to take to tackle air pollution in the borough over the next five years. Residents were asked for their feedback on the draft strategy from September to October. The feedback from the consultation is currently being evaluated and an amended strategy will be published later in 2019.

The draft action plan pledges us to:

  • Be a leading borough in tackling pollution
  • Place this as a key priority for the Council
  • Create an environment that is welcoming to sustainable transport and aimed at the pedestrian
  • Involve and work in partnership with the community in our actions and commitments
  • Tackle to most polluted areas of our borough, such as Richmond town centre, and take firm action to reduce traffic and create a healthy town centre
  • Prioritise protecting our schools and parks

The priority areas within the draft action plan are:

  • Air pollution in the borough
  • Monitoring air quality
  • Changing our environment
  • Changing behaviour
  • Tackling pollution
  • Schools
  • Community action

View our draft Air Quality Action Plan (pdf, 4.2 MB)

Updated: 13 February 2020