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Coming together to tackle Climate Change in Waltham Forest

The landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in August 2021 highlighted the need for urgency from all agencies – global, national and local – to work together to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

The Council has been working to address climate change as a priority for over a decade and declared a Climate Emergency in April 2019. The council aims to be ‘best in class’, leading the way in tackling and adapting to the climate emergency by ensuring our services and operations are sustainable and have a net-zero impact by 2030. By doing this Waltham Forest will make and influence change at a local, regional, national, and international level.

Despite a range of programmes and innovations that have driven down carbon emissions in the borough by 32 per cent within a decade up to 2016, the latest global research highlights the need for future initiatives to go further to meet our net zero by 2030 target. While the IPCC report highlighted the seriousness of the challenge, by responding together we can protect our environment for future generations. The Council has committed a further £1.5m of Fair Deal funding to tackling the climate emergency in the months ahead.

This webpage provides details of how we’re working with residents to address the climate emergency and includes everyday tips for how residents can live more sustainably.