Climate change

In December 2020 the UK Government announced new emissions targets setting the UK on the path to carbon neutral by 2050, leading the way in tackling climate change globally.

It includes:

  • aiming for at least 68 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels
  • committing to reduce emissions by the fastest rate of any major economy
  • creating and supporting 250,000 jobs whilst helping to stop the UK’s contribution to climate change

The role that Havering Council must play as a local authority

  • Ensuring that all Council services takes into account the UK Government’s targets. This includes our regeneration plans and the introduction of new policies and ways of working. 
  • Providing a leadership role in the borough and across London in promoting change and encouraging private companies and other public sector partners to follow our lead.

The potential impact of climate change in Havering

Greater London, including Havering, continues to be exposed to far greater potential damage from flooding due to the fact that a significant proportion of London lies within the floodplain of the River Thames.

Whilst flood protection levels are presently good, the increased risk of flooding from climate change could lead to damage to buildings and property, disruption of Havering’s drainage systems and transport networks.

A series of London-wide climate risk maps have been produced to analyse the impact of the changing climate and vulnerability across Greater London.

The maps are broken down into risk factors of climate change that relate to how people could be affected.

These are updated regularly to support action planning.

View the London climate risk maps

How Havering Council aims to become carbon neutral

In August 2021, we announced our intentions to be carbon neutral by 2040, or sooner if possible, and to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.

Read our news item about the announcement

What does carbon neutral mean?

To be ‘carbon neutral’ means emitting no more greenhouse gases than those that can be absorbed through carbon capturing.

The Havering Council Climate Change Action Plan 

The Havering Climate Change Action Plan (HCCAP) was approved by Cabinet on 10 November 2021 and outlines all of the key initiatives, goals and objectives to meet the Council's carbon neutral ambitions by 2040.

View the full Cabinet report paper here

View the Havering Climate Change Action Plan Summary here

The Havering Climate Challenge

The Havering Climate Challenge is our ongoing campaign demonstrating how the borough is coming together to tackle climate change and to meet environmental targets.

The campaign will demonstrate the boroughs climate journey – highlighting how even small changes can make a big difference towards reducing carbon emissions.

More information on the Havering Climate Challenge will be coming soon.