All Gloucestershire councils have now declared a climate emergency. Our declaration in May 2019 included commitments for us to be net zero by 2030, and deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050, working with partners to deliver an 80% reduction by 2030.

Tetbury's climate change actions

By 2050 we will create a carbon neutral county that provides quality of life now and for future generations, having improved the quality of our natural environment. By 2030 we will have reduced our carbon emissions by 80%.

We have a number of actions, including:

  1. Gloucestershire Tree Strategy – commit to planting 35 million trees by 2030

  2. Establish £1m ‘Action Fund’ to incentivise carbon reduction and air quality improvements

  3. £1m energy efficiency invest to save loan fund

  4. Buy only 100% renewable electricity

  5. Generate electricity from the Javelin Park Energy from Waste facility to power around 25,000 homes a year

  6. Tender a contract to deliver over 200 new electric vehicle charging points by 2023, as part of a county-wide Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy

Latest update

Although there has been some disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Climate Change Team at the county council has been working on the Action Plan.

The team has considered ways to decarbonise highways activities, developed processes to allow organisations to access the £1m ‘Action Fund’, applied for Government funding to improve infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians and progress has been made on a county-wide Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy. The council has switched to buying 100 per cent renewable electricity for its buildings and other assets, such as signs and bollards across Gloucestershire’s roads.

We are working with the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP), which is made up of more than 30 public and private organisations including the county council, to deliver the Gloucestershire Tree Strategy that will see 35 million trees planted in the county by 2030.

The Youth Climate Panel has been able to meet virtually through the pandemic. The council is working with Gloucestershire partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors, to ensure a greener recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gloucestershire County Council has also joined the new Countryside Climate Network, set up by UK100, designed to amplify rural voices and signed the UK100 pledge on achieving 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.

In the near future, we will also be launching our public campaign which aims to encourage residents of Gloucestershire to make changes that help tackle climate change – watch this space!

If you have any questions about the strategy and the work we are doing, contact us at glosclimate@gloucestershire.gov.uk or if you would like to receive our updates, subscribe here.