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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.

Our strategic plan highlights climate change as one of its key principles. We have pledged to 'think climate change in all we do to limit our impact on the environment'.

In our first year since declaring a climate change emergency, we have reduced our carbon emissions by 25%.

Our corporate buildings and schools are run on renewable energyWe have reduced our carbon emissions by 25%We are replacing 47000 streetlights with LED bulbs

 Staffordshire sends less than 1% of waste to landfill each yearWe recycle over 1/2 tonne of waste per household each yearwe've invested £1.5m for schools to improve heating and lighting

Help us to Make Staffordshire Sustainable

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The effects of climate change for Staffordshire mean warmer, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers, and more extreme weather events, like flooding and heatwaves. Climate change presents us and our residents with both challenges and opportunities.

We are on a mission to Make Staffordshire Sustainable and we have made a commitment, as an organisation to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   

Together we can Make Staffordshire Sustainable, whether you are a resident, a business or a community group, small things that you do can make a big difference. 

Grants

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
Giant carbon bubble helps raise awareness of climate change

Giant carbon bubble helps raise awareness of climate change

People in Stafford got the chance to learn more about climate change with help from a huge bright orange 'carbon bubble' that descended on Market Square.
Date:
22 April 2022
Trading Standards issue warning about rogue traders

Trading Standards issue warning about rogue traders

People in Kinver and parts of South Staffordshire are being urged to be on their guard for rogue traders targeting residents in the area.
Date:
19 April 2022
Giant carbon bubble set to inflate climate change message

Giant carbon bubble set to inflate climate change message

A large bright orange 'carbon bubble' is popping up in Stafford town centre next Friday (April 22) as part of the international Earth Day 2022 celebrations.
Date:
14 April 2022
Plant a tree for the Jubilee

Plant a tree for the Jubilee

People in Staffordshire are being invited to collect a free tree to plant in their garden as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Date:
14 March 2022

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