Consultation on the draft Reading Climate Emergency Strategy
• Following the declaration of a climate emergency in Reading in 20191, plans to produce a third
Reading climate change strategy, scheduled for the latter part of 2020, were brought forward by
six months. This document represents the draft of the new strategy on which we are now
inviting comments.
• Production of this consultation draft strategy has been co-ordinated by the Reading Climate
Change Partnership with input from a wide range of stakeholders across Reading. However, if
the strategy is to succeed, the action within it needs to be ‘owned’ by every organisation,
business and resident across Reading. The Partnership will therefore co-ordinate the process of
finalising the strategy, and will then invite partners to adopt, endorse or otherwise commit to its
delivery via the most appropriate means.
• This consultation process is being managed on behalf of the Reading Climate Change
Partnership by Reading Borough Council. While Reading Borough Council has considered and
approved this draft for the purposes of consultation, it is not a Reading Borough Council strategy
and does not, at this stage, represent Reading Borough Council policy. The Council does
envisage, however, fully endorsing and adopting the Strategy when it is finalised later this year.
Our vision
Our vision for 2025 is for a Reading which is working rapidly towards:
• net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and
• being resilient to the impacts of a changing climate
We want and need the whole of Reading – residents, communities, businesses and other
organisations – to mobilise in pursuit of this vision.
Our target
Our target is to achieve a net zero carbon Reading by 2030. Progress towards net zero will vary from
year to year so rather than setting annual targets for each year to 2030, we will use the average
annual reduction in emissions which will be necessary to get there as a benchmark against which to
judge progress.

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