TEC-LEDNet Joint Statement on Climate Change
London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) and the London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDNet) comprise London’s local government environment leaders. We met together on Wednesday 13th November to discuss how we can work together to respond to climate change, in light of the climate emergency declarations now passed by 26 London boroughs, and other activity in this area.
This statement sets out our approach to addressing climate change within and between boroughs and commits to six key programmes that we will seek to deliver through meaningful collaboration between boroughs and with our wider partners, residents and business community.
We recognise that climate change is a significant threat to London and Londoners, and that we need to act quickly and work together to reduce its severity and adapt to its impacts now and in the future. We have recognised that the climate emergency requires real changes in how we act as local authorities, how our residents live their lives and how the city operates. For most London councils, it requires us to move from a carbon-based economy to a net zero carbon economy within a generation.
The climate emergency challenges us to integrate climate into everything we do. There are decades of climate action in London to build on, but we now need to act at significantly greater scale and work collaboratively across councils, partner organisations and our communities to decarbonise our councils and boroughs.
The changes we need to make bring with them real benefits, including improvements to public health, reducing inequality and supporting economic development and innovation. For all these reasons and more, climate change action is closely aligned with existing priorities and our core mandate as councils. We will need to work together as one city to deliver climate action, in order to secure the support of our residents and the greatest carbon savings.
Climate ambition and approach
• Act ambitiously to meet the climate challenge that the science sets out, and find political and practical solutions to delivering carbon reductions that also secure the wellbeing of Londoners.
• Tackle the climate emergency together with the wider public sector, and with our residents, academic experts and businesses to co-design solutions that achieve widespread buy-in without sacrificing ambition.
• Ensure that all our services support our climate ambitions, and use our convening power as place leaders to bring together all those who can work together to secure a climate positive future for our boroughs and for London.
• Speak with one voice to call for the resources and powers that London needs to deliver our climate ambitious at the scale required.
• Ensure our climate actions do not have any unintended consequences and that we keep an open mind and listen to the evolving evidence to ensure we continue to pursue the best solutions.
• Speak purposefully, honestly and credibly about the need to address climate change, the scale of transformation it will require and the positive future it can deliver;
• Meaningfully involve our communities in co-designing and co-delivering local action on climate, paying particularly attention to the voices of our communities (both marginalised and mainstream), including young people and those most disadvantaged by climate impacts;
• Provide support to our communities to help them make climate-informed decisions; and
• Learn from current examples of effective public involvement and engagement, sharing information and replicating successes.