The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that we have
12 years to make the necessary changes to limit a rise in global temperatures to 1.5c. Failure
to act will see a marked increase in sea levels and flooding, extreme and abrupt changes to
weather patterns, crop failures, extinctions of plant, insect and animal species and global
economic disruption and crisis.
The increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events that we have experienced
locally highlight why this is such an important issue for Calderdale Council to respond to.
At the Global Climate Talks in Poland last December the UK along with over 200 nations
agreed action on climate change with a much greater role strongly implied for Local and
Regional Authorities like Calderdale Council in assisting Governments to achieve their
carbon emission savings.
The Council and Calderdale are on track to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020
and 80% by 2050. But in light of the Climate Emergency, more needs to be done. Linked
local issues to tackle include air quality, wildlife habitats at risk and large amounts of plastic
blighting our beautiful countryside.
We are committed to taking the lead locally. This is to reduce the extent of climate change
and to become more resilient to its impacts. We have set up a Climate Change Working
Party, which meets in public and has wide representation. This committee will set a new
target and action plan for Calderdale to respond to the climate emergency and become
carbon neutral.
However, we urge all residents and businesses to join us on the mission to tackle climate
change. Every action matters.
Protecting the local environment supports The Council’s Vision 2024 key themes of
distinctiveness and resilience. This helps to make sure that Calderdale stays an outstanding
place for generations to come.
This Tool Kit highlights Key Elements that will need populating if Calderdale is to meet its
aspiration to be Carbon Neutral.
The Tool Kit also indicates existing activities within the Key Elements. These are primarily
that led Calderdale Council, however as knowledge and partnerships strengthen the Tool Kit
will map a diverse cross section of activities that will complement each other.
There will be clear links to national action as well as Calderdale’s Inclusive Economy, AntiPoverty and Health & Wellbeing Strategies that will need to be identified within the Tool Kit.

Download Climate Emergency Action Plan Toolkit