Taking bold action to tackle the environment and climate emergency
Islington Council has declared a climate and environment emergency and pledged to work towards making the borough carbon neutral by 2030.
The evidence is clear: we face life threatening climate change and the council has committed to taking bold action to help tackle this. According to the United Nations, the world has until 2030 to avoid an increase in global temperatures above 1.5˚C, which would have devastating impacts on the planet and people’s lives.
Islington’s pledge is an important local step that builds on pioneering work which has already brought a big reduction in the borough’s carbon emissions. Borough-wide carbon emissions were cut by almost 40% between 2005 and 2017 but we still have a long way to go to hit our 2030 target. Islington’s net zero carbon target exceeds the UK’s target for 2050.
Working together to cut carbon
It’s important that everyone plays a part in helping Islington achieve a net zero carbon borough by 2030. Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport says: “To achieve our ambition, there are many factors that are outside the council’s control and we will call on national government and others to provide the leadership and bold action needed to support us. We will work hard with people from across Islington and beyond to achieve our ambition, to help tackle the climate emergency facing our world.”
What the council is doing
A lot of work has already been done to reduce carbon emissions in the borough, and the council is on target to achieve a 40% drop in 2005 levels by 2020. Here are some examples of what its doing:
- More energy efficient council homes and buildings have saved 8,600 tonnes of carbon each year
- Replacing street lights with LEDs has saved 28,000 tonnes
- Replacing more of its vehicles with electric or hydrogen powered alternatives
- Decarbonising its pension fund by 2022
- Installing new generation electric charging points in lampposts and bollards
- Launched in 2017, the Community Energy Fund has funded 31 projects which will save 121 tonnes of carbon a year
- The draft Transport Strategy seeks to reduce carbon emissions as well as tackle poor air quality
What you can do to reduce your carbon emissions
Here are a few ideas if you haven’t already started:
Buy your energy from renewable source: Angelic Energy’s electricity is 100% green
Eat more sustainably: Go veggie a few days a week. According to studies, a meal containing meat produces nine times more CO2 than a vegetarian meal containing local products
Change your working habits: Do you always need to travel to work or could you work remotely or from home occasionally?
Reduce, reuse and recycle: Reduce the amount of waste you produce in the first place, think of ways to reuse something and make sure you recycle rather than binning things
Buy less fast fashion: Buy quality items that will last you a long time, think vintage or buy clothes made from eco-friendly materials
Get healthy: Try making walking and cycling part of your daily routine
If you are a business or a local organisation: You can get support from the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership (ISEP) to reduce your emissions. The partnership has helped 40 organisations cut their carbon emissions by over 25,200 tonnes. Visit isep.org.uk for details.