Radio Jackie News banner

107.8 Radio Jackie - Bulletins aired each hour

Friday, 26 June 2020

Kingston Council says “our commitment to the climate emergency is at the heart of all we do”

It follows protests by Extinction Rebellion yesterday, one year on from when the borough declared a climate emergency.

The authority says they’ve employed “dedicated” staff, and have “created learning opportunities” for employees so they can be “carbon literate”.

They’re hoping to work with climate change networks and promote cycling.

The campaign group says “This is not the time for token gestures and lip service” and they want to see “big bold steps” to inspire other boroughs.

Kingston's statement in full:

In June 2019, the council declared a state of climate emergency and committed to a target of delivering carbon neutrality by 2038.

Since the declaration, the council has worked to ensure our commitment to the climate emergency is at the heart of all we do. Sustainability is a key consideration in all council reports and commissions.

We have employed dedicated staff, such as a biodiversity officer, to support us in our aspiration to be a cleaner, greener borough, and have created learning opportunities for staff to create a carbon literate workforce which can deliver real change for Kingston.

We have continued to engage with residents about the climate emergency and wider sustainability issues, notably in last year’s Citizens Assembly on the subject of Air Quality.

Moving forward, we will continue to work with climate change networks, such as the London Councils Climate Emergency network, to deliver change.

As we recover from COVID-19, we are also promoting active travel and making pedestrians and cyclists a priority, ensuring that residents can follow social distancing regulations whilst travelling sustainably.

Monitoring air quality outside of schools:
We have an extensive monitoring network across the borough which includes several schools. We use the GLA's London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory model to effectively fill in the gaps between the monitoring points.

Electric charging points
So far this year 24 chargers have been installed across 11 sites, as well as numerous charging points on private land. Some of these chargers are waiting to be connected to electricity, which is hoped to be completed in the next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Top of Radio Jackie News page here.

RJ Home button

One of many reasons why we are so useful to South West London... our very own news team bringing you stories that are relevant to you and your area.
If you have a press release or would like to send in news then pop off an e-mail to [email protected]

radio Jackie News Twitter
Follow Jackie News at

Listen to Jackie's latest News and Travel
Radio Jackie Latest News  Radio Jackie Latest Travel
News Team - - Local news 24 hours a day 4

news reader
Lucy Mayer
Lucy is the News and Travel Editor. Find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Luke Williams
Luke spends his free time playing synthesisers and watching old sitcoms. Journalism helps remind him of the 21st century.

news reader
Chloe Norman
Chloe presents both news and travel - find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Alex Loveridge
Alex loves watching tennis at Surbiton and Wimbledon and also plays a bit too. He swims at Richmond, but not in the Thames.

news reader
Mike Oban
Mike enjoys playing and watching sports and is a budding football coach.

news reader
Jacqui Kerr
Jacqui enjoys all sports and has had a go at most! She loves talking, current affairs, music, and walking her polar-bear-sized dog.

news reader
David Walker
David´s philosophy is you only live once so go out and grab every opportunity no matter how small.

news reader
Sharmeen Ziauddin
Sharmeen is a massive foodie who lives in Epsom. When she is not working, cooking or looking after her three kids, cat and rabbit she loves going for long walks in the park and looking for cafes with great coffee.

news reader
John Beesley
John lives in Hounslow. He enjoys beer and singing with barbershop quartets and choruses, though not necessarily in that order.

news reader
Emily Dexter
Emily is creative and has wide-ranging interests.

news reader
Annabel Smith
Annabel grew up in Molesey. You can often find her cycling (badly) along the tow path by the river in Kingston or walking her dog Scout in Bushy Park.

news reader
Clare Whitehead
Clare is a playwright, an experienced voiceover artist and the narrator of several audio books. She loves dogs and ballet!

news reader
Catherine Entwistle
Catherine loves volunteering at the Riding for the Disabled centre in Teddington, going on long country walks, and having a glass of wine with friends.

news reader
Jiji Ahn
Jiji can often be found visiting galleries, trying new cuisines and researching the latest trends and stories.

news reader
Holly Carnegie
Holly presents both news and travel - find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Simon Hunt
When Simon is not at Radio Jackie, he studies journalism.

news reader
Freddie Hall
Manchester United. Politics. Karaoke (in that order).

If you are researching a news story from the past our archive goes back over many years.
Please email [email protected] with any enquiries.