Havant’s Climate Change and Environment Strategy is given the green light

Thursday, 23 September, 2021

Havant Borough Council has shown its commitment and long-term vision for a greener, more sustainable future with the approval of the council's Climate Change and Environment Strategy 2021-2026 last night.

Following a full council meeting last night, the Havant Borough Council’s Climate Change and Environment Strategy 2021-2026 was formally adopted by councillors.

The strategy provides the authority with the mandate to implement initiatives under each the priorities identified in the strategy.

Working towards carbon net-zero for council operations by 2050, the strategy will demand better environmental credentials from suppliers and strategic partners.

The council wishes to use its spheres of influence to enable everyone to play their part in addressing climate change.

Climate change and environmental criteria will be material considerations in making decisions. Regeneration, and developers involved in delivery of new homes in the borough will need to demonstrate the best environmental and energy performance.

The future economic development of the borough will support innovation and provide incentives for businesses and enterprises to become carbon neutral.

The new strategy means your council is committed to maximising funding from central government for energy efficiency in existing homes for those households which are eligible. By installing insulation and energy efficiency measures at home, everyone can save money, make your home more comfortable, and reduce carbon emissions.

Our local natural environment is included, with the aim of protecting and improving biodiversity. The strategy extends the scheme to allow residents and community groups to adopt land owned by the council under licence, through wildflower planting, and where appropriate, new trees.

Havant Borough Council works with Hampshire County Council for travel and transport, and we look forward to the results of the cycling and walking infrastructure plan survey to help us shape and guide compelling options for active travel for our residents and visitors.

"Time is of the essence in addressing the biggest issue of our generation" said Councillor Julie Thain-Smith, Cabinet Lead for Environment and Climate Change. "I'm proud to see the council's commitment to addressing its impact on the environment, as well as its drive and dedication to undertake this in close partnership with residents and businesses."

“We want everyone to choose to play their part in tackling climate change, and I look forward to hosting the next Havant Climate Conversation in November”.