From 0 to hero on net zero

By Yogita Popat | 20 February 2024

Our journey to becoming one of London’s most sustainable boroughs has been a remarkable feat for all involved. Only 18 months ago we were ranked 0 in the Climate Emergency UK’s Scorecard, and now we are among the country’s top 18% of local authorities for our progress towards becoming a net zero council by 2030 and borough by 2042. With a score of 46%, Barnet outperformed 114 other councils in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

In May 2022, we declared a climate and biodiversity emergency – making us one of the last councils in London to do so. That our progress has been so rapid is a measure of our strategy of innovation, data and insight and putting residents at the heart of our delivery; recognising we cannot do this alone and that we need to work together. As a council, we have the in-house expertise to deliver the technical solutions, but it is also through collaborating with our c.400,000 residents, communities and businesses that it has been possible to make accelerated progress.

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