Climate Change Plan

Climate change is the defining issue of our generation. We must all act now to protect our planet, our city, and our communities.

Our organisational climate change plan sets out what we are going to do as a council to help tackle the ongoing climate and ecological crisis.

It sets out our plan to reduce our carbon emissions and use our services to help support climate change action across the city.

You can download our full plan below.

Newport City Council - Organisational Climate Change Plan 2022-2027 (pdf).

Summary version (pdf)

Climate Change Plan annual report 2022-23 (pdf)


Climate change is happening all around us.

There is an urgent need for us all to come together to limit global temperature rises and build a sustainable world for future generations.

As a council, we have already made a good start, reducing our direct and energy generating emissions by 29 per cent over the three years from 2018-2021.

We know though that we need to do more, and our plan sets out the actions we will take over the next five years to 2027.

The plan was developed in consultation with partners, stakeholders, businesses and the people of Newport. A draft plan was published for consultation in November 2021.

Climate and ecological emergency

The council passed a motion in November 2021 declaring a climate and ecological emergency.

The motion read as follows.

Newport City Council resolves to:

Declare an ecological and climate emergency.

·         Newport City Council will continue the good work that we have started and reduce our carbon emissions to net zero carbon by 2030.

·         Review the services we provide to ensure they support the city’s journey to both net zero carbon and adapting to the impacts of climate change by 2050.

·         Develop a clear Climate Change Organisational plan, in consultation with our citizens, for the next five years that will set out the actions we need to take to achieve this.

·         Develop a city-wide Local Area Energy Plan, in collaboration with experts from the public, private and third sector to develop innovative solutions to decarbonise heat, electricity and local transport and realise local renewable energy production.

·         Work with One Newport partners and the public to develop a city-wide climate strategy to enable city-wide net zero carbon and adaptation to climate change by 2050 and integrate best ecological practice into each area of the council’s activity, allowing us to lead the city by example.

·         Publicise this declaration of an ecological and climate emergency to residents and businesses in Newport and support and influence action by partners through partnerships and support and enable action by citizens to reduce their own carbon emissions.