Climate Crisis progress to date

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across the borough have fallen by 51% since 2010.

Across the Council’s own estate and operations, CO2 emissions have fallen by 59% since 2010 (this reduction excludes Council housing).

The Council’s progress on tackling the climate crisis is guided by the Camden Climate Action Plan 2020-25, which succeeded our previous environmental plan, Green Action for Change, 2010-2020.

Find out more about Camden’s carbon reduction programme

Climate emergency declaration and Citizens’ Assembly

In 2019, Camden declared a climate and ecological emergency and held the UK’s first Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate crisis.
Across its three sessions, the citizens’ assembly heard a range of evidence outlining the facts of the climate and ecological crisis and the ways in which it can be tackled, before developing and agreeing 17 actions that should be taken by residents, community groups, businesses and the council in Camden.

Citizens' Assembly recommendations report

A critical analysis of the process and its outcomes was completed by UCL. The analysis explored what worked well and what could be improved for future participation and engagement activities.

UCL Evaluation of the Citizens' Assembly on the Climate Crisis

Read about the three Citizens’ Assembly sessions

Camden Climate Action Plan 2020-2025

The Camden Climate Action Plan 2020-2025 proposes a five-year programme of projects and activities around the themes of People, Buildings, Places and Organisations that deliver on the 17 Citizens' Assembly recommendations and bring to life the vision of a zero carbon Camden. This will be the first of two plans to 2030. 

17 Citizens’ Assembly recommendations

The Camden Climate Plan's vision 

The Plan's vision is to achieve a net zero carbon Camden by 2030.

This will require everyone living and working in Camden to play their part, but the Council will need to enable and support people to take climate action. The Council will also need to lead by example by continuing to drive carbon dioxide reduction across its own estate and operations. 

  • People - Everyone who lives, works, studies and visits the borough will be well informed and actively contribute to tackling the climate crisis in all aspects of their lives
  • Buildings - Camden’s buildings will be energy efficient, comfortable and fit-for-purpose for a zero carbon future
  • Places - Camden’s public spaces will encourage and enable healthy and sustainable travel choices and promote biodiversity
  • Organisations - All organisations in Camden will operate responsibly and embed tackling the climate crisis throughout their operations

Read the Camden Climate Action Plan (PDF)

Read the Camden Climate Action Plan condensed summary (PDF)

Annual Review

The Climate Action Plan committed Camden to provide annual progress updates to share the key achievements from across the community tackling the climate crisis. The review also provides an update on actions from the Climate Action Plan.

Supporting information

Read our latest report on how carbon dioxide emissions across the borough can be reduced, as referenced within the Climate Action Plan.

London Borough of Camden: Carbon Scenarios to 2030 (PDF)

Read our latest report analysing what steps would need to be taken in Camden to reduce direct carbon emissions to zero, as referenced within the 2020-21 Review.

Camden Carbon Scenarios to 2030: Achieving a zero carbon Camden

Read our report which assessed the total impact of spending in Camden and how it impacts on carbon emissions inside and outside of the borough.

Camden consumption emission profile

Camden Climate Investment

We launched the Camden Climate Investment as part of our work to take action with our communities on the climate crisis and create a more sustainable future for Camden. In June 2022 we reached our £1 million investment target. The investment will help invest to directly fund local climate projects. These include:

  • Installing 80 further electric vehicle charging points to encourage residents to switch to electric vehicles
  • Continuing the rollout of the Council’s Healthy School Streets initiative, which aims to improve air quality and improve the local environment around schools
  • Contributing to the replacement of the Council’s fleet of diesel and petrol vehicles with green alternatives
  • Installing solar panels on public buildings to reduce carbon emissions and the cost of electricity.

These projects are part of our Climate Action Plan, a five-year programme of projects and activities we’re working on with our communities to help reach our target of making Camden a zero-carbon borough.

We'll be keeping you updated on how we're using the money over the coming months so you can see the impact of the investment on the ground.

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