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Climate Change

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are exploring how we can mitigate the climate change crisis & protect our citizens from the existing and future effects of climate breakdown.

The last 18 months  have been an exceptionally challenging for the world and not least for us here in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.  As a Council, much of our attention and resource has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our residents and businesses.

The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of building resilience to future crises. To deliver the urgent action required to respond to climate breakdown, we will continue to demonstrate our strong and visible commitment to improving both the environment and sustainability, building on our work on climate adaptation, mitigation and decarbonising our economy.

“The Council acknowledges the scale of the climate crisis and the impact it will have on people and communities in Northern Ireland; resolves to establish an all-party working group on climate change resilience exploring how we can mitigate this crisis and protect our citizens from the existing and future effects of climate breakdown and; investigate measures the Council will take to limit its impact on Climate Change.”

Our Climate Change all-party Working Group was established  in 2020 and we have already made good progress against our plans, despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic.  Additional resource has been allocated in the form of a Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, who  will be the Council’s Climate Change Champion developing, coordinating and ensuring delivery of actions across a range of programmes and projects to support the delivery of the Council’s aspirations in relation to Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability.

We are committed to drastically reducing our emissions by 2030 and will be doing so by implementing ambitions targets and action plans.

We are in the process of building an action plan based around 5 strategic cross cutting objectives to reduce emissions and protect our Borough from the effects of climate change.

  • What is Climate Change?
  • What is Green House Gas (GHG)?
  • What is net zero carbon?
  • Why should we take action?
  • How can you get involved?