The council announced a climate emergency in July 2019 and has since taken strides to implement actions that will reduce emissions within the borough.
Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has been a shining example of what it means to declare a climate emergency. Since the council, along with many across the UK, announced a climate emergency in July 2019, it has taken strides to implement actions that will reduce emissions within the borough.
Councillor Gregor Murray, executive member for resident services, communications and emissions, highlighted some of the actions taken by the council, including “launching the Help to Heat scheme, funding insulation improvements to some of the least energy efficient, and some of the most at risk of fuel poverty homes in our community, with more than 700 completed so far.”
These culminate in an overall objective to make the entire borough net zero by 2030, and a “robust action plan outlining our plans and projected outcomes” in the form of its Climate Emergency Action Plan.
The councillor has been an especially strong advocate in the council’s actions against climate change, hosting both the ‘Youth Climate Conference’ in October 2020, and the Climate Conversations panel in March 2021; the latter of which Low Carbon Workspaces’ own Tom Macdonald was a panel member. As put by the councillor, “The work that has taken place and that is planned for the future is something that we, as a borough, can be proud of.”
The “Climate Conversation” focused on how businesses can do more to be energy efficient in the fight against climate change. In this regard, WBC has been a great champion of the Low Carbon Workspaces (LCW) scheme, helping businesses in the borough to access LCW grants.
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