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Project Zero

Project Zero is the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s response to the climate change emergency. 

 

Project Zero brings together the wide range of work and opportunities available to tackle the climate emergency, reduce the Council’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 and encourage others to make positive changes.

 

In July 2019, we joined Welsh Government and other Local Authorities across the UK in declaring a Climate Emergency in response to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report into the impact of global warming. Since then, we have continued to make changes across the organisation and to embark on ambitious projects to reduce our carbon emissions and to send a clear message that we must all work together to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  Together we have an opportunity to change and to make a difference and we are bringing all of this work together as Project Zero.

 

The effects of climate change are well documented and if the planet’s temperature continues to increase the linked impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions will be felt around the globe, as shown in the short video below.

 

 

Climate Change Challenge Plan

Through Project Zero whilst it is clear there is a lot of excellent work underway across the Council to address the emergency we have identified eighteen challenges that we think need to meet as part of an effective response to the climate emergency. These are outlined in the Climate Change Challenge Plan 2021-2030 and Executive Summary.

 

A summary of the Challenge Plan can be seen in the short videos below.

 

 

Lead by Example

 

 

 

 

Energy and Transport

 

 

 

 

 

Waste, Land and Buildings

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent consultation on the draft Climate Change Challenge Plan 2021-30. Whilst this part of the consultation has now ended, the conversation continues, and we are still keen to hear your feedback and suggestions for Project Zero. You can email your comments and ideas on how we can all work to tackle climate change to us at projectzero@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

PSB Climate Emergency Charter PSB Logo

In February 2021 the Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board (PSB) launched their Climate Emergency Charter setting out their commitments to help tackle climate change. 

 

Key Policy Documents

There are a number of related important policy documents at international, UK and Wales level that impact our response to the climate emergency:

 

 

Evidence and Research 

New pieces of research and data are being published showing the impacts of climate change and influencing how we respond: