North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) is working towards reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030. It’s an ambitious target that will take commitment from our residents, landowners and local businesses, as well as the Council itself. Whoever you are, you’re an important change-maker.
Act On Climate is our campaign to inform, engage and inspire our District to take action, collectively and individually, to tackle climate change.
The Council started on this path in 2008 by signing the Nottingham Declaration – a voluntary pledge to address the issues of climate change, which inspired us to begin reducing emissions from our operations and service delivery. In 2012, NKDC joined the Local Government Association’s Climate Local initiative to inspire more local actions on climate resilience, further demonstrating climate leadership.
This in turn led to the declaration of a climate emergency in July 2019; NKDC was the first council in Lincolnshire to take this step, and many others have since followed suit. In 2020 we aligned the Council’s actions and priorities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – a raft of goals for all nations to target.
The journey continues, with the Council Leader in 2021 signing up to the UK100, a pledge to take the necessary action to resolve the climate crisis.
In the decade leading up to 2019, NKDC slashed its carbon emissions by over 63% and has since worked to reduce this still further. Government data for the District shows that emissions fell by 27% between 2005 and 2017. The target for both the Council and the District is to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Our latest Climate Emergency Strategy, along with our Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP), was revised in 2022 and approved by our Executive Board on 1 November 2022. These documents reflect our ambitions and acknowledge the pathway towards our 2030 target. Understanding how fast technological advancement and climate science is evolving, we plan to review and republish our Climate Emergency Action Plan annually.
As part of our governance structure and to ensure accountability, all live actions within the CEAP are reviewed by the Executive Board every quarter. To complement this, we also have ‘Climate Emergency Action Plan Panel’ (CEAPP) meetings every two months, attended by senior management. In these meetings we address programmes of work associated with the CEAP, any associated projects and individual project delivery impacts.
We also ensure regular engagement with Council Members is maintained, in support of our climate emergency agenda. This ensures that Climate Change response is integrated and supported throughout our governance structure.
In the coming months and years these pages will fill up further with information and ideas, so check back regularly for updates.
Come with us on the journey: play your part in cutting carbon and improving the environment in North Kesteven.