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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Kingston’s performance on climate change is “poor” compared to other councils across the UK

Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth has analysed how different authorities are taking action to cut greenhouse gases.

It says all councils, even the best performing ones, need to do much more if a climate catastrophe is to be averted.

However, it says Kingston particularly needs to do much better on improving home insulation, increasing renewable energy, and increasing tree cover.

40% of Kingston’s emissions come from housing, 36% from transport, and 24% are industrial and commercial emissions.

There are different estimates of how fast the UK should reduce greenhouse gas emissions if it’s to combat climate change.

These range from around 7% to over 25% per year.

Researchers at Manchester University say that Kingston should reduce emissions by at least 13% per year.

The Council says:

Kingston Council declared a Climate Emergency on the 25th June 2019, with a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. We are looking closely across all our operations to identify areas where we can deliver improvements in sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.

While our last council housing stock sample report puts RBK Housing stock firmly into Energy Band C, we know that much of our private housing stock in the borough is not energy efficient. We have recently recommissioned our ‘Warm Homes, Better Health’ programme and will continue to link homeowners with grants available to them.

The Council will be planting 600 trees this winter, and will continue to support community groups who wish to take advantage of other initiatives such as the recently announced Woodland Trust’s ‘Big Climate Fightback’.

The Council promotes sustainable transport options, including through the delivery of our Go Cycle scheme, which is upgrading Kingston’s major highway routes to enable safe and pleasant options for sustainable travel across the borough. The benefits of this will be realised over the coming years when the works are complete. .

Kingston Council is committed to tackling the climate emergency but we can’t do this alone. We are reaching out to residents and partners, including the business community, to take them with us on our journey to a low carbon circular economy.

Local government as a whole needs long-term funding and devolved powers from central government so it can do more to tackle the scale of the climate issues.
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