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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
Planning application for onsite parking at Walleys Quarry now live

Planning application for onsite parking at Walleys Quarry now live

Description
A planning application to allow waste carrying vehicles to park on an internal road at Walleys Quarry, Newcastle, is now live and able to view on the county council's website.
Date:
29 July 2022
One tonne plastic bottle display shows environmental impact

One tonne plastic bottle display shows environmental impact

Description
Families in Newcastle got the chance to see a one tonne installation of plastic bottles in a new campaign to highlight the impact of plastic on the environment.The installation by the Guildhall Clock Tower contained 25,000 plastic bottles and was used to help people visualise how much plastic is thrown away in Staffordshire and encourage people to correctly reduce, reuse and recycle.
Date:
22 July 2022
Extra funding for projects that help tackle climate change

Extra funding for projects that help tackle climate change

Description
Communities across Staffordshire are set to benefit from an extra £91,500 funding for projects that help tackle climate change or protect the environment.
Date:
15 July 2022
Webcam plan for recycling sites

Webcam plan for recycling sites

Description
Cameras will be introduced this year at Staffordshire's 14 household waste recycling centres so users can see how busy they are before setting off - all part of a county council investment and refurbishment plan.
Date:
31 May 2022

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