On 26th February 2019 Reading Borough Council declared a climate emergency on behalf of the wider community, pledging to join the international effort to slow down climate change.
In response to the declaration the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) - in which the Council is an active partner - set out a roadmap to work towards the goal of achieving a ‘net zero carbon’ Reading by 2030.
The previous Reading Climate Change Strategy for 2013-20 set a target of reducing the town’s emissions by 34% by 2020. Thanks to the efforts of everyone in Reading, this target was exceeded – in the latest year for which data is available, Reading’s emissions had in fact reduced by 47%, showing what can be achieved through concerted partnership action on climate change.
Local achievements since the climate emergency was declared include:
Adoption of the ambitious target of a net zero Reading by 2030 represents a step change in ambition for the town. To mark the two-year anniversary of declaring a climate emergency, RCCP are asking residents, businesses and local organisations to re-double their efforts to tackle climate change, taking advantage of the information and resources on the Partnership’s new website to help them do so.
Find out how you can play an active part and get involved at Reading CAN.