What we’re doing

In contributing to a safe climate for current and future generations, we will need to tackle five climate challenges.

Eliminate our emissions from:

  • Homes, buildings and energy: how we construct, heat and power our built environment
  • Travel: how we move around
  • Things we use: what we buy, use, and dispose of in our lifestyles and activities

Protect people and nature through:

  • Ecology: making space for nature
  • Adapting to climate change: making ourselves resilient to climate changes already underway

We will enable this through:

  • Engagement and influence: galvanising our communities and helping them to act
  • Finance and decision-making: making every decision support net zero
  • Growing the green economy: growing the marketplace of green solutions and delivering green skills and jobs for residents

Cutting across these challenges, the council will work with residents, businesses and partners to deliver this change.

Climate and Ecology Strategy

The following documents make up our strategy, action plan and evidence base for achieving net zero emissions.

 A good place to start is the accessible summary of our Climate and Ecology Strategy (pdf 507KB).

Full strategy

Supporting documents

The actions we’re taking

The challenge ahead demands bold new thinking and experimentation. Not every action will be successful from the outset. These will continue to be shaped and refined in the open, in collaboration with local residents and organisations. 

  • Homes, buildings and energy

    What we’re doing now:

    Priorities for 2022-23:

    • analysing the borough's energy requirements and opportunities for generating low-carbon heat and energy
    • developing a retrofit strategy for council housing
    • developing a retrofit strategy for the council's corporate buildings
    • housing retrofit pilot projects including two office sites and council homes at the West Kensington estate
    • offering energy efficiency upgrades to fuel-poor private homeowners and tenants
    • updating planning guidance to support development proposals to reach net zero
    • a pilot project to build net zero homes within the council's development programme
    • leading by example by reducing energy and gas used in H&F corporate buildings
  • Travel

    What we’re doing now:

    Priorities for 2022-23:

    • continuing to expand our network of electric vehicle charging points, with plans to reach 2000 charging points by April 2022
  • Things we use

    What we’re doing now:

    Priorities for 2022-23:

    • support residents to borrow before they buy new by setting up a 'Library of Things' at Kings Mall
    • working with London-wide partners to reduce carbon emissions from the things Londoners buy and use
  • Ecology

    What we’re doing now:

    Priorities for 2022-23:

    • outdoor education, such as setting up as Ecology Centre
    • planting two new Tiny Forests on Eel Brook Common and Normand Park
  • Adapting to climate change

    What we’re doing now:

    • risk mapping to understand what areas of the borough are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
    • installing sustainable urban drainage systems in areas at risk of surface water flooding, such as on Queen Caroline estate and White City estate

    Priorities for 2022-23:

    • risk management plans for overheating of buildings (also called 'the urban heat island' effect)
    • risk management plans for water scarcity.


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