Climate change emergency

A climate emergency was declared by the Council on 16 July 2019.

We’re now developing a district-wide greening programme along with measures to try and reduce our carbon footprint as a Council and a community.

How we’re responding to the climate emergency

‌Since the declaration of a climate emergency in Newark and Sherwood, we’ve been:

  • auditing existing environmental practises within the Council
  • working with the Carbon Trust to establish data to determine our carbon footprint
  • considering our contribution to the district’s carbon footprint more widely, using national data from reputable sources
  • engaging with stakeholders
  • creating and coordinating a climate emergency strategy (PDF File, 2,770kb)
  • producing an accompanying carbon reduction action plan to mitigate our carbon emissions
  • monitoring and reporting back on these issues at our committees

Reducing our carbon emissions

We want to be carbon neutral by 2035. Working in collaboration with the Carbon Trust, we’ve identified potential carbon reduction projects to help us reduce our carbon emissions.

We’re currently focusing on reducing our emissions relating to our corporate and leisure buildings and transport.

Community Plan

Our Community Plan is the main document detailing how we’re working towards a better future. It includes a number of key objectives and actions that will help us respond to the climate emergency: 

  • improving the cleanliness and appearance of the local environment
  • protecting, promoting and enhancing the district’s natural environment
  • improving the health and wellbeing of local residents

What actions are we taking now?

Across the Council, there are several actions already underway to help combat the climate emergency.

These include:

  • minimising the use of peat in all our gardening operations, something we have done for the last ten years
  • upgrading our parks and gardening powered equipment to electric rather than petrol tools, for example our strimmers, leaf blowers and chainsaws
  • including 'no mow' areas in our parks and gardens and leaving areas of grass for wildlife in pockets all around the district
  • encouraging everyone in the district to think about the environment, to reduce, reuse and recycle as part of everyday life and providing way to help you dispose of your waste responsibly
  • monitoring and taking measures to stop air pollution
  • installing electric vehicle charging points in our car parks
  • installing solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of Castle House
  • installing a ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting at Sconce and Devon Park Visitor Centre
  • installing solar panels at Vicar Water Country Park Visitor Centre
  • launching a major programme of tree planting and conservation across the district with an ambition to plant 10,000 trees over five year - find out more about our tree planting programme and some of the ways you can help support our environmental aims on our trees and nature conservation page