The challenge we all face with regard to climate change is recognised across the globe. There is an increasing need for
action if we are to respond to the danger this poses to our people, our wildlife and our environment. Locally, we took an important step
by acknowledging this when West Berkshire Council unanimously declared a Climate Emergency on 2nd July 2019. In doing so
we highlighted the fact that the Council, our partners and our local communities all needed to play their part in response.
On 28th October 2019 we held our first West Berkshire Climate Conference at which we committed to taking a leading role locally. We
asked for comments and suggestions at the conference which have now been built into the draft strategy that follows.
There are some initiatives we have already committed to making a start on since January 2019 which we know will make a positive
contribution to protecting and preserving our natural environment as well as to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. These include:
• installing more solar panels across our estate, aiming for a significant contribution from solar energy towards the Council’s energy consumption and beyond;
• continuing to increase the number of charging points for electric vehicles in West Berkshire;
• conducting a Council carbon audit so we understand our challenges and be better placed to become carbon neutral by 2030;
There are also other projects that we intend to explore in the coming years which, alongside mitigation and offsetting activities, will help us along the path to a greener and carbon neutral
West Berkshire by 2030. These will be turned into a detailed delivery plan once the final draft is approved.

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