Climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing us in the 21st Century. Over the past few years issues such as adverse weather conditions, greenhouse gasses and the reduction of fossil fuels have been highlighted and local authorities across the UK are working together, and with external partners, to see what can be achieved to reduce climate change in their local area.
Climate change means the changing weather patterns and the increasing extreme weather events caused by a build-up of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere.
The gas that affects the climate most is carbon dioxide, which is produced when coal, oil, gas or petrol are burned to generate electricity, for heating, or for transport.
Climate Emergency Declared
At a full Council meeting on 29 April 2021, councilors committed to becoming a carbon neutral authority by 2035 (brought forward from 2040) and a carbon neutral district by 2040. A Climate Change working group is now set up, they meet regularly to discuss the climate change action plan.
The Hart Climate Change Action Plan 2020 – 2023 sets out the process by which the Council will become a net zero carbon emitter. Reduction of CO2 is at the front and centre of our policies and formal decision making.
Hart District Operational Carbon Emissions 2018/19 in tCO2e Total = 1888.07tCO2e
How climate change could affect Hart
Hart could be affected by climate change in a number of ways, such as:
- Summer water shortages
- More flooding in winter
- More frequent severe winters
- Increased storm damage to property, roads and trees
- Higher buildings insurance as claims increase
- Loss of trees and plants to droughts and disease
- Loss of native wildlife and arrival of new species
- Road damage during hot, dry spells
- Health and food safety problems during summer heat waves
Hart’s commitment to reduce its carbon emission and prepare for the impacts of climate change will strengthen and enhance the services we deliver and also environment, economic prosperity and residents’ health and wellbeing.
Almost everything we do produces carbon dioxide (CO2).
Your annual carbon footprint is the total of all the CO2 emissions produced from the things you have done in a year, for example driving a car, heating your home and so on.
You can calculate your personal carbon footprint online.