Camden Climate Action Plan

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Closes 29 Feb 2020

Your vision

In 2019, Camden began an extensive public consultation exercise seeking views from the public on how we could collectively address the climate crisis. Over 2,500 residents, schools and organisations contributed to the process through on-line contributions, meetings and events. Building on this public engagement, Camden then held the UK’s first Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate Crisis to help shape a new Climate Action Plan for Camden. 

At the Citizens’ Assembly, the diverse views and lived experiences of the community came together around a shared vision for a future Camden. The Assembly concluded that by 2030, our homes and places of work should require less energy, walking and cycling routes should be safe and clear of pollution, tree coverage should have increased, public space should have greater ecological value, communities should consume less and take positive climate action, and organisations such as the Council should lead by example.

The proposed Climate Action Plan for Camden responds to the views expressed by the Citizens’ Assembly and the wider community by proposing a set of four vision statements which will frame and guide activities as we move towards a 2030 zero carbon Camden.

The four vision statements proposed are:

  • PeopleEveryone who lives, works, studies and visits the borough will be well informed and actively contribute to tackling the climate crisis in all aspects of their lives.
  • Places – Camden's public spaces will encourage and enable healthy and sustainable travel choices and promote biodiversity.
  • Buildings – Camden's buildings’ will be energy efficient, comfortable and fit-for-purpose for a zero carbon future.
  • Organisations – All organisations in Camden will operate responsibly and embed tackling the climate crisis throughout their operations.

What is zero carbon?

Carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases, which cause climate change, are typically organised into two categories to explain where they come from, and importantly how they can be addressed.

  • Direct – Carbon emissions associated with fuel consumed in Camden for vehicle journeys, as well as heating and powering our buildings.
  • Indirect – Carbon emissions associated with fuel consumed outside Camden’s boundary, and for services and products consumed within the borough. For example food, products, waste processing etc.

Achieving zero carbon means that each year the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from Camden’s direct and indirect emissions is reduced as far as possible, with the remaining emissions balanced out to zero (or “offset”) by activities that avoid or absorb carbon such as renewable energy generation.

Do you agree with these vision statements?
Do you have any other comments?