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Climate emergency

The Council is committed to acting on the climate crisis. Find out more about the actions it is taking on this issue, and how it is monitoring its carbon footprint.


On 17 July 2019, Colchester Borough Council declared a climate emergency, acknowledging that urgent action is required to limit the environmental impacts produced by the climate crisis. As part of this declaration, the Council resolved several actions that it is taking to respond to the climate crisis. One of the main actions was the formation of the Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Task and Finish Group, which have held meetings to discuss actions the Council can take on the climate emergency.

To achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, the Council has produced a Climate Emergency Action Plan. This document specifies the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions and the actions it plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.  


Progress towards achieving the Council’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 will be monitored by:

  • The Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) for 2015-2020 shows actions the Council has already taken to reduce its environmental impact, alongside priorities for future action.

  • The Local Authority Carbon Management (LACM) Plan for 2016-2020 was developed as a deliverable of the ESS. It sets out the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions from its services, operations and buildings. It also established the target to reduce Council greenhouse gas emissions by 40% relative to 2008 levels by 2020, which was achieved one year in advance.

  • An annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

Council Reports

January 2020

Cabinet considered a report providing an update on progress and current activity in addition to seeking approval for proposed action to be taken to address the climate emergency declared by Full Council. Reports that were discussed at this meeting are linked below. 

Climate Emergency Action Plan - report 

Climate Emergency - Carbon Trust report 

Climate Emergency Action Plan   

November 2019 

October 2019 

  • Full Council motion on declaration of climate emergency approved unanimously by Council. 

  • Colchester was ranked joint top performer in the Eastern Region and equal third most climate-friendly area in England and Wales, according to Friends of the Earth. The green group assessed councils in different categories including renewable energy, public transport, lift-sharing, energy efficiency at home, waste recycling, and tree cover. 

July 2019 

December 2017 

September 2015

  • Council signed up to Climate Local, the successor to the Nottingham Declaration (which the Council signed up to in 2007). This was a Local Government Association (LGA) initiative aiming to help local authorities reduce their carbon emissions and take action on climate change.  

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