Hackney brings forward net zero target to 2030
Hackney Council has today confirmed its position as one of the greenest in the country by bringing its net zero commitment for its buildings and transport fleet forward to 2030, as it signs up to the UK100 climate network.
UK100 is a network of local leaders who have pledged to lead a rapid transition to net zero - with clean air in their communities - ahead of the government’s legal target of 2050.
The pledge will see the Council commit to decarbonising its non-tenanted buildings and its transport fleet by 2030, and it will continue to review this commitment to expand its scope over time.
The move comes as the Council Cabinet is set to consider a new climate action plan for the borough, which outlines how everyone in the borough - residents, businesses and organisations - can work together to end Hackney’s contribution to climate change.
We are known for being one of the most ambitious councils in the country on climate action - planting thousands of new trees, boosting walking and cycling, and cutting energy use from our buildings through Hackney Light and Power.
I’m delighted we will be signing up to the new UK100 pledge and rejoining the network, which I hope will foster even more collaboration between councils committed to tackling the climate crisis.
We want to keep pushing at what’s possible in the fight against climate change, which is why we’ve brought forward part of our net zero target to 2030 so it takes into account the areas we control directly as a Council.
But there’s more we’ve got to do to reach net zero as a borough by 2040 - and we can only do that in partnership with our residents, businesses, and other towns, cities and counties facing the same challenges.
Next week, we’ll be bringing our revised climate action plan to Cabinet, which will set out the work we need to do together to end Hackney’s contribution to climate change.
We are thrilled to welcome the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, to UK100's network.
By signing UK100's Net Zero pledge and committing to bold targets, Hackney Council has demonstrated that it is facing these challenges and playing a decisive role in tackling climate change ahead of the national government's target.