Climate change

Slough’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

What is the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

In July 2019 Slough Borough Council declared a political motion on climate change.

The motion declared the council would develop a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan to address the causes and consequences of climate change in Slough by tackling five key objectives:

  1. reducing emissions from our estate and operations
  2. reducing energy consumption and emissions by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy sources, and behaviour change
  3. reducing emissions from transport by promoting sustainable transport, reducing car travel and  traffic congestion, and encouraging behaviour change
  4. reducing consumption of resources, increasing recycling and reducing waste
  5. supporting council services, residents and businesses to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

How the plan has been developed

Since the declaration, the council has set a target of borough-wide carbon neutrality by 2040, with an ambitious stretch target of 2030. This was outlined in Slough’s Climate Change strategy vision in June 2021. This target complies with the UK’s national target of net zero emissions by 2050 and a reduction of 78% of emissions by 2035 relative to 1990.

The council has now published a Climate Change strategy and action plan which was adopted officially on 20 December 2021. The strategy and action plan has been developed with the support of the sustainability consultancy, Anthesis Ltd, and as part of its development the council has held a series of workshops engaging with stakeholders from; the built environment, transport, waste, natural environments, residents, community groups, youth groups, public services and the private sector.