Environment and climate change strategy 2010-2020

The environment and climate change strategy 2010-2020 for Hull was approved in November 2010 by Hull City Council and ONE Hull.

This strategy responds to the Climate Change Act which establishes in law national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to deliver a 34 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 from a 1990 baseline.

These targets will assist the global challenge to restrict future climate change to no more than a 2 degrees celsius increase by the end of the century. It also responds to the government's sustainable development strategy which seeks to establish the sustainable use of natural resources from the understanding that many natural resources are finite and therefore we need to use them with a view to the long term future of the planet and future generations.

Measures of success

Key measures of success set out in this strategy for the city over the next 10 years are to -

  • reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 which means achieving a reduction of two per cent per year in our emissions
  • understand the risks presented to the city by future climate change and produce an adaptation strategy
  • use natural resources more sustainably recognising that our current lifestyle uses 1.7 planets worth of resources

There are also a set of themes and objectives to help increase understanding of the key areas where we need to develop our work to address the measures of success.

The strategy and latest report

The environment and climate change strategy and latest emissions report documents are available below.