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Luton Council: Taking action on climate change

With its declaration of a climate emergency, the Council has put the need to confront climate change as an important priority. To tackle the climate emergency, the council has pledged to ensure that Luton is a carbon neutral town by 2040, 10 years ahead of the government’s own target.

Meeting this ambitious objective requires everyone in Luton to be involved. Therefore, a town wide engagement and debate on the issue is needed. We want to know what the people of Luton think, listen to ideas concerning the measures they want to see implemented in the town and understand the scale and pace of change that is required. The aim is to work towards a Luton Citizens Assembly on Climate Change later in 2020.

You can get involved by letting us know your ideas and suggestions through:

  1. Luton – Let’s Talk, the council’s engagement hub
  2. Emailing the Council at [email protected]
  3. Attending the Climate Change Forum on 11 February 2020 at the Hat Factory, Luton. The event will involve speakers outlining the challenge ahead. It will also host a workshop, where attendees will be able to suggest actions that the council should take and to outline what a carbon neutral Luton would involve. If you wish to attend, please email [email protected]

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Where we have got to so far?

July 2019:
Luton Council announces its intention for the town to be carbon neutral ahead of the government’s target of 2050.

September 2019:
Established the cross party Climate Change Executive Advisory Board, a Climate Change Sub-Group of the council’s Executive. The group was tasked with driving climate change activity within the council and across the town.

October 2019:
The Climate Change Executive Advisory Board outlined recommendations on climate change policy to the council’s Executive. These included establishing a series of community engagement events on Luton’s approach.

January 2020:
The council published its Climate Change Report. Commissioned by the council and conducted by the Antithesis Group, the report highlighted the emissions profiles of Luton and the council. It discussed the degree to which the town’s emissions can be influenced with regional or national bodies and provided an evidence base for future action plans relating to climate change.

A draft Climate Action Plan for the council was also published. The document outlined initial areas where Luton Borough Council will focus to explore cutting carbon emissions from its operations and increasing carbon sequestration efforts.

The council declared a climate emergency and agreed our next steps to ensure Luton is carbon neutral by 2040.

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