Climate and the environment

Havant Borough Council acknowledges climate change and is committed to addressing this through improving its own systems, supporting residents and businesses in positive change and through addressing biodiversity in its planning processes.

The council's new Environment and Climate Change strategy - due for publication this autumn - will highlight our commitment to the environment and how we will proactively reduce our carbon footprint.

What is climate change?

The term climate change refers to a change in global or regional climate patterns. It is usually used in the context of man-made effects on the environment - largely by the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

It is not just about us getting hotter weather or melting ice caps; climate change can impact in other ways. For example, the increase in extreme storms can bring flooding to new areas, affecting agriculture, wildlife and people's homes.