Wandsworth Council is spending £20m on its environment and sustainability strategy, as part of its plans to tackle climate change.
The news came at a council meeting where councillors discussed the climate change action plan. This is the first big step in Wandsworth meeting its ambition to become inner-London’s greenest borough and carbon-neutral by 2030.
As a starting point, the £20m investment will fund measures around:
- Energy efficiency
- Air quality
- Urban greening
- Sustainable drainage
- Cycling initiatives
The Council has already made good progress, with £5m already spent on environmental schemes such as a comprehensive LED streetlight replacement programme and the roll out of electric vehicle charging points.
The climate change action plan also has a number of important targets such as increasing tree planting in the borough, purchasing a low emission fleet and launching a comprehensive training programme for staff on carbon literacy.
A key element of the council’s work to tackle climate change is collaboration and Wandsworth Council has already started working with residents, businesses and community groups in pushing forward its green ambition.