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Climate change

East Staffordshire Borough Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ in August 2020 and now has a target:

“to make the Council’s activities carbon neutral by 2040 and aspires to make the Borough carbon neutral by 2050”

In March 2022, the Council carried a motion to support nature’s recovery across the Borough and committed to several additional actions to protect and enhance nature.

Following the declaration of the Climate Emergency, the Council quickly published an interim Climate Change Action Plan containing 57 actions.

We are now pleased to publish a high-level strategy to accompany the action plan and will be reviewing both documents on an ongoing basis.

Climate change and nature recovery are now considered in all East Staffordshire Borough Council decisions, strategies, policies and plans.

The Council is in a key position to take action on climate change, in the way it manages its own estate and assets, and in leading the community through its roles as a regulator and as a service provider

Over the next few years our delivery will be focused upon the following objectives:

  • Reduce energy consumption and emissions from our own activities
  • Promote green travel and transport
  • Protect and enhance our environment
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce fuel poverty
  • Reduce waste 
  • Sustainable development

How will the local climate change?

There is clear evidence that climate change is happening, causing rising global temperatures, increased flooding and more extreme weather events. This has an impact on coastal defences, food production, ecosystems, human health and poverty. Human activity is the main contributor to this warming and it is vital that we take action to prevent further dangerous climate change.

Although these changes are over the medium to longer-term, we may already start to see the increase in extreme weather and it is important to plan now to limit the risks and maximise any opportunities these changes may bring.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has started to consider how our services and residents may be affected in the future.

Funding and Heating

Visit our Funding and Heating webpage for information of funding. 

How you can get involved

There are many things you can do to reduce the heat loss from your homes and make your heating systems more efficient.

What you can do....

  • Turning the thermostat down by one degree can save you 10% on your energy bills
  • Turn radiators off or down especially in rooms that you don’t use often
  • Turn down the thermostat when you go on holiday
  • 5°C will prevent your pipes from bursting
  • Set a timer for your heating system to come on half an hour before you get home and go off half an hour before you leave or go to bed
  • Put on a jumper instead of the heating
  • Draw curtains over windows at night to conserve the heat in the room
  • Buy and fit draught excluders - attach these to letterboxes, windows and doors
  • Prevent draughts around skirting boards or through floorboards by filling the gaps with strips of wood, cork or the correct sealant
  • Insulate your loft. This should be at least 270mm thick; you can do this yourself
  • Insulate your walls to prevent a great deal of heat loss
  • Solid walls can be insulated either on the inside or outside to prevent heat loss
  • Purchase your electricity from a green supplier - suppliers which get their own electricity via ‘green’ means, without the need to burn fossil fuels.  Green suppliers are becoming more competitively priced.