“Globally, we recognise that climate change poses an unprecedented threat to our society. In many ways this is a decisive
decade, where we have the knowledge and the emerging technology to take greater action.
Locally we have already felt disruption through severe flooding and these events are likely to become more frequent and
severe with climate change posing a significant economic, social and environmental threat. This will also have an impact
on wildlife and biodiversity, resulting in loss of species.
As a Council we have already started to act by leading the way in recycling, embarking on an ambitious LED street lightning
programme that will reduce energy demand by 33% and Stockport Homes are recognised as a leader in sustainability.
We are also working with colleagues across Greater Manchester to deliver the 5-Year Environment Plan which sets out our
long-term environmental vision and the urgent actions we all need to take in the next 5 years to help achieve this.
However, we recognise that more is needed. The action required is far greater than the Council can deliver on its own, it
needs national government legislation and investment alongside all of us changing our behaviour. It means working
together with public sector partners, businesses and residents.
This strategy sets out the initial actions that Stockport Council will take to make a difference on climate change over the
next five years as we begin our journey to net-zero 2038. As we move forward, we will continue to build upon the
foundation we lay here, refining and reviewing to adapt our plan as time goes on.”

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