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Climate action and what we are doing

We have declared a climate and ecological emergency and made a pledge to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030. We have published a report on Climate Action for West Oxfordshire to set out a proposed framework for:

  • developing a Climate Change Strategy for West Oxfordshire

Climate change strategy

We are developing a Climate Change Strategy which will consider ways to:

  • protect
  • conserve
  • enhance the natural environment to reduce our impact on climate change

A Climate Change Strategy for West Oxfordshire is being developed in partnership with officers responsible for service delivery and external stakeholders.

Climate change survey results

To inform our Climate Change Strategy we held a Climate Action Survey to gather the views of people who live and work in the area. We received 446 responses, which is an equivalent of 1 in every 250 residents in the District. 

Priorities

We asked what you think we should focus on. 334 people said climate change in general was a high priority for them. Only three people said this was not a priority at all.

The two top ranked priorities were biodiversity and green transport infrastructure.

The two lowest ranked priorities were reduction and recycling waste and retrofitting existing homes.

Climate action being taken

The percentage of people who are taking the following actions to help climate change:

  • 80% of respondents said they have changed what they buy
  • 81% have improved their garden for wildlife
  • 60% have switched to a green energy tariff
  • 59% have installed energy efficiency or water saving measures
  • 50% ride a bike and walk weekly

A large number of respondents were not aware of what we are doing to tackle climate change. To help keep you informed on what we are doing we have launched a quarterly newsletter.

Sign up to our newsletter

Sign up to our quarterly climate action network newsletter to receive news and ideas on how to take local action. You will also receive details of upcoming, climate consultation events and find out what we are doing. 

Email Climate.Action@westoxon.gov.uk to sign up.

The latest version of the newsletter is available to download.

West Oxfordshire District Council will only use your personal information for the purposes of the Climate Action for West Oxfordshire activities. We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for any other purpose, unless the law allows us to.  For further privacy information see our Council Privacy Notices