Our strategy ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’ is for everyone. It aims to inspire individuals and businesses to commit to take action. Whether that action is to contribute towards our ambitious challenge for organisations and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, or to help deliver the strategy’s detailed action plan, we want to bring everyone together to take action.
“Climate Change is the defining threat of our time. Our duty to ourselves and to future generations is to raise ambition”. (U.N. Secretary Anotonio Guterres, UN Climate Change Conference 2017).
Running throughout the Reading Climate Change Strategy are two broad objectives:
1. Develop a low carbon Reading
We need to reduce the carbon footprint of Reading. This is a measure of the main climate affecting pollution caused by Reading every year. To help achieve this, we invite residents, businesses and other organisations to become members of the Reading Climate Action Network and join the challenge to reduce their carbon footprint.
2. Prepare for a changing climate
We need to be prepared for the inevitable effects of climate change that are going to happen due to the high concentration of greenhouse gases from activities past and present. We have identified the key risks to Reading from the predicted impacts of a changing climate and establish ways to protect against these risks. We will encourage people to consider how climate change might affect them and to prepare to minimise the risks.
For more information please read the introduction chapter here…
Themes and strategic priorities:
We’ve divided our strategy into eight themes chapters. On this website there is a page for each of the themes with: a brief introduction; links to the full chapter text; links to the action plan for the theme; and, at the bottom of the page, posts containing information relating to the theme.
The eight themes follow, with links to each theme page:
- Energy Supply
- Low Carbon Development
- Natural Environment
- Water Supply and Flooding
- Purchasing, Supply and Consumption
- Education, Communication and Influencing Behaviour
Alternatively, if you wish to read the full document in a single PDF, please use the following link…
The action plan identifies how we will achieve the strategic priorities, through actions delivered by a range of organisations. The RCCP board will monitor progress against the actions and targets each year and the action plan will be reviewed annually.
The following posts are general news items about the Reading Climate Change Strategy.
IPCC Special Report 15 – Global warming of 1.5degC 16 October 2018
The IPCC SR15 was released on 8 October 2018 with the strong messages that we have only 12 years to limit global warming to 1.5 degC. “The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC, or more. For instance, by 2100, global …