Carbon Neutral Council 2030
Use ultra-low emission vehicles
Cleaner routes to work
100% renewable energy by 2030
Retrofitting public buildings
Greener council housing
High-standards for new council homes
New ways of working
A shared commitment
Clean procurement & suppliers
LED Street lighting
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