Barking & Dagenham Council sets carbon neutral target

Barking and Dagenham has become the latest council to declare a climate emergency in it’s bid to become “the green capital” of London.

This week councillors outlined plans to clean up the borough’s air and become carbon neutral by 2030.

They included proposals to eliminate gas boilers from council housing stock and making sure developers meet a strict green code.

Electric vehicle charge points and more LED street lighting will also be rolled out across the borough under the plans.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration and social housing, said: “Councils have a crucial role when it comes to tackling climate change.

“This is about much more than the world being warmer, it is about how our residents will be affected, whether through rising energy bills or increased insurance costs to how their health and well-being may suffer.”

Dozens of local authorities across the UK have now declared climate emergencies following calls from the Campaign Against Climate Change for them to act against rising global temperatures.

Cllr Geddes added: “Our aim is to be the green capital of the capital, so our declaration today is an extension of the work we have already been doing to improve the lives for the people of our borough.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter