Our plan to address the Climate Emergency
The council has signed off an ambitious and far-reaching plan to address the global climate and health emergency.
The Climate Emergency Action Plan (PDF) seeks to ensure that as the world emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, any economic recovery should involve a major increase in investment and jobs that tackle the climate emergency (PDF) we face.
The Action Plan sets out what the council proposes to do over the next year or so across a range of areas.
- Newham Climate Now: improving climate emergency information to empower our community to act.
- Sustainable transport schemes: rolling out electric charging points, low traffic neighbourhood and liveable neighbourhood schemes, the proposed introduction of an emissions-based residential parking scheme, bike hire schemes and car club vehicles.
- Improving air quality measures: such as the development of Air Quality Health Champions, the promotion of healthier, more sustainable food consumption and the reduction of food waste.
- Waste Reduction and Recycling, including increasing recycling rates, and the development of a more sustainable approach to waste management.
- The Greening of Council Fleet Vehicles, including the introduction of Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) fuel as an alternative to diesel to reduce particulates and emissions and the introduction of up to 40 electric vans in the Council’s fleet by the end of the year.
- Greening the Borough, including developing a 10-year Parks and Green Spaces Strategy and investment plan.
- Building a Green Economy: including promoting the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone as an incubator for the green technology sector and ensuring that local people are given access to the vocational skills they need to take advantage of new green technology jobs created.