Carbon Neutral Council 2030

Better-Fairer-Lambeth-Logo We have made a bold commitment to lead by example and reduce our carbon footprint to zero by 2030. This page gives a brief overview of the council’s initial plans to respond to the climate crisis - by making sure the council’s operations are carbon neutral by 2030 and by establishing a Lambeth Citizen's Assembly to build consensus and agree collective action.

Use ultra-low emission vehicles

We will reduce our vehicle use significantly, when we have to drive, we will use low-emission / electric vehicles or cargo bikes.

Cleaner routes to work

More staff will use clean transport, like cycling and walking, to get to work and travel within Lambeth, with great facilities to support them.

100% renewable energy by 2030

Council buildings will use 100% renewable energy and use efficient energy systems. We will install air & ground source heating systems where possible.

Retrofitting public buildings

We will retro-fit buildings like schools & libraries with insulation, solar panels and batteries where possible. Reducing energy use by up to 19% by 2025.

Greener council housing

We will install insulation & new boilers in council homes, and 'green' shared spaces with living roofs & sustainable materials.

High-standards for new council homes

New homes will meet high efficiency standards – 35% higher than the legal standard – and will include plenty of cycle parking space, with limits on car parking.

New ways of working

We will encourage remote working and other practices to reduce the emissions from our day to day work.

A shared commitment

We will consider the environmental impact of everything we do, official reports will include sections on the environmental impact of recommended decisions.

Clean procurement & suppliers

We will work with our suppliers to reduce their carbon footprints and consider emissions when deciding which suppliers to work with.

LED Street lighting

All our street lights already use LEDs, we will replace other non-LED lights with LEDs to make them more energy efficient.

Implementing our plans

We are establishing a special group of officers from across the organisation who will work together to achieve our ambitious targets and review our progress. We will produce an official report to Cabinet every year, which will be published.

To make sure we have a clear baseline to measure progress against, in 2020 we will create a thorough measurement framework which will give us a baseline of our current carbon-footprint. We will then review our action plan and update it if required.

A Lambeth Citizens’ Assembly on our response to the climate crisis

While the council can provide leadership by reducing its own carbon emissions, and use the planning and regulatory powers local government has to provide some influence, the council does not have the power or the solutions to significantly reduce carbon emissions across the borough as a whole alone. We know that many people, organisations and businesses in Lambeth are already exploring smarter, greener ways of working and living, so it’s vital that we open out the conversation more widely.

Central and local government must do all it can to make low-carbon living and a low-carbon economy as easy and attractive as possible. The council has begun working on this, by switching to green energy, investing in the energy efficiency of council homes, and investing in walking and cycling. But the 2030 target will need us to look at a wider range of options for reducing carbon emissions. We will need to have an up front and honest conversation with residents and businesses about the changes required. It is only by doing so that we will build a shared commitment to becoming a carbon neutral borough.

We will start this process by launching Lambeth’s first citizens’ assembly. This will bring together Lambeth residents, fully representative of the population, to develop a collective response to the climate crisis. Together it will review the evidence, develop climate change commitments that can command broad support, consider new initiatives, and agree targets to respond to the climate crisis.

View the full details of our plans in our decision report Lambeth’s response to the climate crisis

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