Climate Change

Climate Change

What the Council is doing to tackle climate change and ensure the Borough has a green future.

Climate Change is one of the most important issues we face, not just locally but worldwide. In July 2019, the Council declared a 'Climate Change Emergency' and committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027.

You can read more about what the causes of climate change and its impacts at on the Gov.UK Climate Change Explained website (Opens in a new window).

What have we done so far?

Since 2009 we’ve been working hard to reduce CO2 emissions. In the last 11 years, there has been a 45% reduction in COemissions thanks to 60 projects undertaken as part of our Carbon Management Plan.

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The Plans

We have achieved a lot , but there is still a lot of work to do.

Our new Environment and Climate Change Committee was established in 2019 and it is their mission to ensure climate change as an issue is at the forefront of our minds. The new Climate Change Programme document, written in 2020, details the full scope of the plans for 2020 – 2027. 

This Climate Change and Green Futures Delivery Programme will allow us to act now and deliver an effective strategy, to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint and influence, encourage and assist households, businesses and schools within the Borough, to strive towards the same goal. It is a living document which will be continually reviewed and adapted as we continue on our journey to becoming carbon neutral.

Climate Change and Green Futures Programme 2020-2027 (.pdf) (5.48mb) (Opens in a new window).

What you can do

Sign up to our Go Green Challenge 

We’ve recently launched our Go Green Challenge to inspire residents to reduce, reuse and recycle more than ever before and help us protect the environment for the future. 

You can sign up to receive a weekly email over six weeks to help you reduce waste, reuse more and recycling like a pro.  You will also find that by reducing, reusing and recycling more you could see some benefits to your health and your bank balance too!

Find out more on our Go Green Challenge page.

Warm Homes Hub 

Warm Homes Hub is a local authority backed scheme which aims to improve the quality of heating and energy efficiency of Nottinghamshire County Council households. It is funded by the Warm Homes Fund and is administered by Community Investment Company and Affordable Warmth Solutions  to support local authorities to address some of the issues affecting poor fuel households. 

Warm Homes Hub offers free first time gas central heating systems and insultation measures, as well as free advice regarding energy efficiency, enabling residents to realise substantial bill savings & maximise income for their household.

Having a warm and efficient home can help your health, wellbeing, your finances and the planet too. To find out more about how to make your home more efficient and schemes you may be eligible for, to help pay for any changes to your home visit the Warm Homes Hub website. (Opens in a new window)

Waste and Recycling 

Recycling helps protect the environment. Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.

Find out more on our Waste and Recycling page.

Front cover of Green Futures Community Resource pack with images of people recycling, riding a bike, gardening and a man holding a solar panelDownload our resource pack

If you're a family or local community group, our Resource Pack gives you information about things you can do to help make a difference in Broxtowe.

Download the Green Futures Resource Pack (.pdf) (0.99mb) (Opens in a new window)

Other ideas


Did you know...

picture of a wildflower meadow with the green futures logoAt our parks and open spaces:

  • We use seats and picnic tables made from recycled plastic at appropriate sites.
  • The rubber safety surfacing used on play areas is made from shredded recycled car tyres.
  • The bark we have removed from the play areas to install this rubber surfacing goes to allotment sites and is used as a soil conditioner.
  • We shred tree prunings and use these as walkways within woodland areas.
  • Larger logs as used to create habitat piles for insects in woodland areas.
  • We've planted more wildflower meadows to encourage local wildlife.

In our Council homes:

  • Solar power systems have been fitted at three of our Independent Living Schemes
  • 420 Council homes have been improved with external wall insulation
  • Over 1,300 Council homes have been improved with new SEDBUKA rated efficient boilers
  • The Council supports the award winning, Warmer Homes on prescription scheme help low income residents with cold-sensitive long-term health conditions to achieve affordable warmth.

One of the council's electric vans with green futures logo

At our Council Offices:

  • A solar power system has been installed.
  • We've reduced business mileage by over 40% over the last 10 years.

Transport:

  • 28 electric vehicle charging points have been installed in car parks in Beeston, Eastwood, Kimberley and Stapleford.
  • 32,000 litres less fuel was used by our refuse fleet in 2017/18
  • New electric vans were introduced in 2019.

Contact
Broxtowe Borough Council
tel: 0115 917 7777