Our ambition to tackle climate change

Climate change is one of the defining global challenges of our generation.

We are working to reduce our carbon emissions, and make Newport a cleaner, greener place to live and work.

The council passed a motion in November 2021. It declared a climate emergency and outlined the ambitions of the council to tackle climate change.

Newport City Council resolves to:

  • declare an ecological and climate emergency
  • reduce our emissions to net zero carbon by 2030
  • make sure the services we provide support our journey to net zero and adapt to the impacts of climate change
  • develop a clear climate change organisational plan, in consultation with citizens, which sets out our actions for the next five years
  • develop a city-wide local area energy plan, with experts from the public, private, and third party sector
  • work with One Newport partners and the public to develop a city-wide climate strategy
  • integrate best ecological practice into each area of the council’s activity
  • publicise this declaration to residents and businesses in Newport

For more information on climate change and what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, visit Climate Action Wales.

Climate change plan

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.

We have already made a good start, reducing our direct and energy generating emissions by 29 per cent over the three years from 2018-21.

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
  • the people of Newport

For more information, you can watch our climate change plan video.