Climate change

"Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council acknowledges the threat posed by climate change and the response that needs to be taken by the Council, its partners and citizens of the borough. As a coastal borough, we take the threat seriously and recognise the importance of mitigation through reducing our emissions but equally of the need to adapt to the changes that will take place.

As a signatory of the European Covenant of Mayors Initiative, climate change is one of the key priority areas within 'Our Plan', the Councils corporate plan, and the boroughs Sustainable Community Strategy. We are committed to working with our partners across the sub region to ensure we deliver on this important agenda including meeting the challenging targets we set ourselves."

Councillor George Dunning, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council


Storm off the Redcar coastClimate Change Adaptation
We have worked with the Adverse Weather Scrutiny Review Panel and a wide range of partners to develop the Borough's first Adaptation Plan to climate change and adverse weather events, which was adopted by the Councils Cabinet on 18th October 2011. Development of the plan involved analysing local weather data, bringing large numbers of partners together to identify risks from all types of weather event and using risk management to identify priorities for action. Having a good understanding of vulnerability to our climate, both now and in the future, is the key to resilient communities, as we know from the extreme weather events that have affected the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland, such as the Skinningrove floods of 2000 and the snowfall in January and December 2010. But we now have an adopted plan of adaptation measures.

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Our Climate Change Adaptation Plan and background document are now available to download here.

 icon Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2011.pdf (5.88Mb)
Last modified: 21/10/2011 11:52:15



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Climate Change mitigation

Climate change mitigation means reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere to reduce their role in warming the global climate. Greenhouse gases are released when fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas are used to generate heat and electricity, and when oil is used to power transport engines.

The Council and its partners are committed to significant reductions in emissions across the Borough. We have a published target to reduce emissions from our own operations by 40% by 2015, while the Borough's Sustainable Community Strategy has the objective "To minimise the Boroughs impact on climate change and the impact of climate change on the Borough".

Redcar and Cleveland is part of the Tees Valley Climate Change Partnership, formed in 2004. Together with our neighbouring Tees Valley Local Authorities, we adopted the Tees Valley Climate Change Strategy in May 2010, the overarching strategic framework for action on climate change in the sub region. The strategy is available to download here:



Climate Change Mitigation plan

In November 2011, the Council's Cabinet adopted the Borough's first Climate Change Mitigation Plan, in order to build on the commitments set out in our SEAP and the considerable work undertaken through the Councils Carbon Management Plan. This plan sets out how we will lead a programme to reduce the Borough's emissions by 20% by the year 2020, so goes beyond the work to reduce our own emissions. This 3 year plan compliments our work to adapt to a changing climate by tackling the cause of climate change, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

You can download our mitigation plan here:
 icon RCBC MITIGATION PLAN.pdf (1.03Mb)
Last modified: 06/10/2011 13:43:21


Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is a commitment by Mayors to go beyond the carbon reduction targets set by the EU for 2020 by reducing CO2 emissions in local territories by at least 20%. Redcar and Cleveland signed the Covenant in 2009, and is therefore required to submit a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), including a baseline emission inventory, to outline how carbon reduction objectives will be reached, within one year of signing up to the initiative. Redcar and Clevelands SEAP was approved by the Cabinet in October 2010 and can be viewed here.

 icon Sustainable Energy Action Plan 2010.pdf (166.35k)
Last modified: 19/11/2010 14:40:56


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