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Climate emergency declaration

At Hackney Council we’re committed to doing everything within our power to deliver net zero emissions across Council functions by 2040.

That’s ten years earlier than the target set by the government.

When we made our commitment, we resolved to:

  • tell the truth about the climate emergency we face
  • pursue our declaration of a climate emergency with the utmost seriousness and urgency
  • do everything within our power to deliver against the targets set by the IPCC’S October 2018 1.50C report, across our functions (including a 45% reduction in emissions against 2010 levels by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2040), and seek opportunities to make a greater contribution
  • call on the UK government to provide powers and resources to make the 2030 and 2040 targets possible
  • campaign to change national policy where failure to tackle the challenges has undermined decarbonisation and promoted unsustainable growth
  • support the campaign to create a just transition for workers and users
  • help create a million public sector jobs nationally to help minimise the effects of the climate crisis
  • involve, support and enable residents, businesses and community groups to speed up the shift to a zero carbon world
  • work closely with them to establish and implement successful policies, approaches and technologies that reduce emissions across our economy while also improving the health and wellbeing of our citizens
  • conduct an annual Citizens’ Assembly with a representative group of local residents to allow for public scrutiny of the Council’s progress and explore solutions to the challenges posed by climate change
  • work with other local governments (in the UK and internationally) to discover the best methods to limit climate change and put them into practice 
Page updated on: 14 November 2019