Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world. We are committed to tackling this issue, and we declared a climate emergency in February 2019. We are now working on a new action plan for the city.
What is the climate emergency?
Human activity produces greenhouses gases, particularly carbon dioxide. These gases cause climate change, raising the average temperature of the world. This is already causing extreme weather, sea level rise and damage to nature. If we don’t take urgent action these impacts will get much worse.
Declaring a climate emergency means we are prepared to play our part. Alongside other cities around the world, we are committed to taking the action needed to prevent climate change becoming much worse.
What are we doing about it?
We have been working to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions for many years. You can read more about our work so far on our sustainability action plan page.
Over the last year we’ve worked on a range of projects including:
- Securing funding to converting the Park and Ride service at Birstall to use electric buses.
- Installing more solar PV panels on our buildings, including Euston Street Museum Store, to generate clean electricity.
- Investing over £340,000 to improve the energy efficiency of 269 homes of for vulnerable people through the Health Through Warmth scheme.
- Continuing to transform cycling and walking infrastructure in the city through the Connecting Leicester programme and setting up a bike hire scheme.
- Launching a second phase of the Green BELLE energy efficiency grant for local small and medium-sized businesses.
- Providing our award-winning eco-schools programme for thousands of children from over 100 schools across the city.
Leicester's Climate Emergency Conversation
We’ve recently finished running Leicester’s Climate Emergency Conversation, in which we asked for the public’s views on what we should do about the climate emergency.
We’re really grateful for the hundreds of useful and interesting responses we received from people, groups and organisations across Leicester.
The conversation also included two climate assemblies. In Leicester’s climate assembly, we heard from a representative group of 53 local residents. We also ran a Young People’s Climate Assembly, engaging with 104 pupils from 12 local schools. We will be publishing a report on the outcomes of the assemblies on this page soon.
A report on the responses to our online consultation will also be available on our Consultation Hub.
We are now going through all of the comments and ideas we have received. We will use these to help put together our new action plan, to be launched Summer 2020.
If you have a question about our work on the climate emergency, please use the contact methods below to get in touch or keep up-to-date.