Please note that the Public Consultation of our new Climate Emergency Strategy is now open. Please do give us your views.

Our strategy ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’ is for everyone. It aims to inspire individuals and businesses to commit to take action. Whether that action is to contribute towards our ambitious challenge for organisations and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, or to help deliver the strategy’s detailed action plan, we want to bring everyone together to take action.

“Climate Change is the defining threat of our time. Our duty to ourselves and to future generations is to raise ambition”.  (U.N. Secretary Anotonio Guterres, UN Climate Change Conference 2017).



Running throughout the Reading Climate Change Strategy are two broad objectives:

1. Develop a low carbon Reading
We need to reduce the carbon footprint of Reading. This is a measure of the main climate affecting pollution caused by Reading every year. To help achieve this, we invite residents, businesses and other organisations to become members of the Reading Climate Action Network and join the challenge to reduce their carbon footprint.

2. Prepare for a changing climate
We need to be prepared for the inevitable effects of climate change that are going to happen due to the high concentration of greenhouse gases from  activities past and present. We have identified the key risks to Reading from the predicted impacts of a changing climate and establish ways to protect against these risks. We will encourage people to consider how climate change might affect them and to prepare to minimise the risks.

For more information please read the introduction chapter here…

Themes and strategic priorities:

We’ve divided our strategy into eight themes chapters. On this website there is a page for each of the themes with: a brief introduction; links to the full chapter text; links to the action plan for the theme; and, at the bottom of the page, posts containing information relating to the theme.

The eight themes follow, with links to each theme page:

  1. Energy Supply
  2. Low Carbon Development
  3. Natural Environment
  4. Water Supply and Flooding
  5. Transport
  6. Purchasing, Supply and Consumption
  7. Education, Communication and Influencing Behaviour
  8. Community

Alternatively, if you wish to read the full document in a single PDF, please use the following link…

Action plan:

The action plan identifies how we will achieve the strategic priorities, through actions delivered by a range of organisations. The RCCP board will monitor progress against the actions and targets each year and the action plan will be reviewed annually.