Tackling climate change in Westminster
Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and irreversible ways, bringing increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding that affect people across the globe, as well as right here in Westminster.
Westminster has some of the highest carbon emissions and worst air pollution in the UK. Tackling this challenge now is vital avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, and protect the health, wellbeing and livelihood of everyone in our communities.
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We are committed to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030 and a carbon neutral City by 2040. To achieve these targets, we are embedding sustainability throughout everything we do - from our services, to supply chain, road networks and planning policies.
We are also working with partners and communities to help facilitate climate action across our city
Join the campaign
Governments, councils, businesses and other organisations have a huge responsibility for tackling the climate crisis. But we can all play a role in creating change.
The average person in the UK produces over 5 tonnes of CO2 per year alone, through day-to-day activities, like heating our homes, driving to work, or buying new products. Changes like ditching your car, cutting energy use, or reusing products may seem small, but can have a big impact if we all make them together.
Our partners at Count Us In have identified the most effective steps people can take to reduce carbon pollution. Join others in Westminster and across the world in taking a step today.
Westminster’s Climate Community
Many of our residents and businesses have taken up the climate challenge and are making a real difference. Watch their stories below:
The environment we live in can make it hard to tackle climate change. We’ve brought together resources from the Council and others that make it easier to reduce your carbon footprint.
Thinking about ditching your car, or using it less? Here’s some resources that might help
Walk and cycle more
- Choosing to walk and cycle more isn’t only good for the environment, but great for your health and wellbeing too. Our walking and cycling web pages have information on cycle parking, e-bikes, road safety, a toolkit to get you on the road, and more.
- Did you know that if you live, work or merely visit Westminster we can arrange free cycle training? Find out more about courses for first time riders or regular cyclists.
- Use the extensive network of Santander cycle hire across Westminster or try a rental e-scooter
- Use the tube, train and bus network – driving really is expensive and often much slower than public transport! Check TFL’s journey planner to plan your route
Insulate your home
- EcoFurb helps homeowners plan energy efficiency improvements, gives impartial advice and oversee the works. London residents can also use the free Plan Builder on their website to get ideas on how to retrofit your individual home.
- If you are over the age of 65, on a low income, or have a long term health condition, you may be eligible for support to insulate your home. Find out about our Warm Homes Advice Service and Home Improvement Agency.
- Find more help and support available in Westminster if you are struggling with energy bills or would like further information on how to cut energy use.
Get greener energy
Reuse and recycle
- Did you know, an estimated 65% of the waste we throw away each year could be recycled. Make use of Westminster’s recycling services. Find out what you can recycle, how we collect your recycling, how to dispose of bulky waste and more.
- Join our campaign to increase recycling in Westminster and check other ways you can help reduce waste.
- Donate unwanted clothing for re-use or recycling at one of our textile recycling bins or find out how you can recycle unwanted electrical items.
Cut food waste
- Help cut food waste by making use of our food waste recycling service – due to be rolled out across Westminster in February 2022.
- Check the Love Food, Hate Waste website, for more hints and tips to plan your meals, make your food last longer and use what you buy.
- Use apps like Olio and TooGoodToGo to get perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste.
- Let your friends, family, colleagues and others in Westminster know what you’re doing to cut carbon. Share a picture, video or message with us on social media by tagging @citywestminster and using #WestminsterClimateAction
- Ask people you know to take a step on Count Us In.
- Contact your local Councillors, MP and London Assembly member.