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Climate change

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that to limit global warming to 1.5 ºC above pre-industrial levels and address the threats of climate change, nations need to achieve net zero carbon emissions by around 2050. The UK was the first major economy to pass a law requiring the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to be net zero by 2050.

What is the county council doing?

We recognise the importance of climate change and its impact on the residents and business of Staffordshire. In July 2019 we declared a climate change emergency to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 across every aspect of our service provision and estate.

Climate change presents the county council and the Staffordshire public with both challenges and opportunities. By acting now and working together as a county, we can tackle the impacts that could arise, and at the same time benefit from initiatives that save money and protect the environment.

Each year we monitor our carbon emissions. To demonstrate a commitment to taking action to reduce climate change impacts we have released a Climate Change Strategic Development Framework and climate change action plan outlining how we are to tackle the councils emissions now and in the future. 

Climate Change Strategic Development Framework

This framework sets out how the council will achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Our priority is to reduce the emissions of our services and estate and covers five priority themes:

  • organisation carbon reduction

  • air quality

  • natural environment

  • waste

  • behaviour change

The councils emissions only represents 1% of the counties emissions, working with others is also an important action for us to achieve a more sustainable Staffordshire.

View the framework in full along with a downloadable and printable copy.

Climate change action plan 2020-21

Our climate change action plan for 2020-21 covers the same five key areas in the Climate Change Strategic Development Framework.

The 2020-21 plan is available to download and/or print out:


Most local authorities in Staffordshire provide help for householders to repair, improve or adapt their living accommodation. Thermal insulation is one of the measures covered.

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Latest environment news

Funding announced for the Cannock Chase area to make farms more sustainable

Over £300,000 is being made available to farmers and landowners in the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) vicinity.
02 July 2021

Campaign Urges More Active Travel to School

Families are being encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school in a new campaign to help improve people's health and wellbeing and reduce air pollution.
24 May 2021

Plant-based living walls installed to tackle roadside emissions

Living walls – natural filters made from plants and mosses which help to reduce air pollution – are being installed in two Staffordshire locations as part of a national clean air trial.
18 May 2021

Lichfield's household waste recycling centre improvements reduce queues and boost capacity

Improvements at Lichfield's household waste recycling centre have significantly reduced queues and tailbacks which used to form on the road outside the site.
17 May 2021

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