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Our route to carbon neutral

We declared a Climate Emergency in December 2018 and aim to make the District carbon neutral by 2030. The full declaration is available in the minutes of the 6 December 2018 Full Council meeting.

Our Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2025 was adopted at the November 2021 Cabinet Meeting.

The Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2025 replaces the Climate Emergency Rapid Action Plan which was published in January 2020:

Gloucestershire County Council have also produced a Gloucestershire Climate Change Strategy.

Coleford offices Heat Decarbonisation Plan

We have produced a plan for how we will decarbonise the heating system at our Coleford offices. The plan describes how we intend to replace the fossil fuel reliant heating system at its Coleford offices with a renewable heat generation system along with measures to reduce heat energy demand. By producing this HDP, we hope to provide a clear example of how other organisations within the district such as schools and businesses can plan to decarbonise the heating system in their own buildings.

Our greenhouse gas emissions

We have produced reports of our emissions as a council. 

We have also produced a report on the Forest of Dean District’s carbon emissions between 2005 and 2019:

The Tyndall Centre have produced a report on Climate Change targets for the Forest of Dean. Met Office Hadley Centre scientists have developed a new interactive tool to show how climate change might change the weather in your area

Climate Change Risk Assessment

We have produced a report outlining the climate impacts for the Forest of Dean District using climate projections from the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP). It describes how the climate may change between now and the end of the 21st century, how this will affect the Forest of Dean District, and how we will need to adapt. The report can be downloaded below.