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The climate is changing and so is Dudley!

Our climate is changing as a result of human activity resulting in long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns.

Impacts of climate change for Dudley include flooding, water scarcity and more intense and prolonged heatwaves.

Climate change will touch the lives of everyone who lives in, works in and visits the Dudley Borough.

The council declared a climate emergency in July 2020 to address the impact of climate change in Dudley.

As a part of the declaration Dudley Council committed to a number of pledges, including the following:

  • Establish a Council-wide Climate Change Group to develop and monitor the delivery of a Carbon Reduction Plan for Dudley
  • Encourage partners to declare a Climate Emergency and take steps to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint
  • Explore opportunities for investment in green businesses and support green business growth

Following our declaration, the council committed to become a net zero council by 2030 and a net zero borough by 2041.

The council’s vision for climate change is to deliver:

A zero-carbon borough where our residents can live a sustainable lifestyle, businesses can grow and prosper, using green technology and our environment and natural resources are protected for future generations.

Our climate commitment is creating a sustainable borough on its way to net zero carbon emissions, improved air quality, reduced fuel poverty and outstanding waste and recycling services.

Where we are now

Dudley Council Climate Action Plan

(Approved by Council on 20 March 2024)

The Dudley Council Climate Action Plan is Dudley Council’s response to our declaration of a climate emergency, which set net zero carbon targets of 2030 for the Council and 2041 for the Borough. The 3-year plan sets out the key actions required for the Council to get to net-zero carbon by 2030.

Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change Team

The Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change team is a new team responsible for waste strategy, energy management and climate change policy and practice.

This team will lead on energy strategy and waste infrastructure, and will be responsible for developing and implementing the council’s climate action plan, including delivery of low carbon alternatives to support the council in reaching its 2030 Net Zero target. It will also support the development of a partnership-led plan to meet the 2041 Net Zero target for the Borough.

To be successful in our ambition we need to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and communities to inspire low-carbon behaviours, from our employees to local businesses and residents.

We are:

  • Writing a council climate action plan.
  • Establishing a Council-wide climate change officer group to develop and monitor delivery of the action plan.
  • Setting up a borough-wide partnership to develop a borough-wide action plan.
  • Communicating with residents about the council’s climate plans and projects.

Thoughts from a child in Dudley Borough:

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