Oadby and Wigston Borough Council is committed to playing its part in responding to the growing evidence that urgent action is required to respond to climate change.

As a local authority we have a leadership role to play and will take action to reduce carbon emissions from our own assets and operations. However, tackling climate change cannot be done alone and we also have a role in working locally to reduce the wider borough's emissions, influencing local residents and businesses and encouraging a partnership approach involving a range of stakeholders.

Tackling climate change requires significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions (including carbon) and action from us all to prevent the worst of its impacts. The UK government has a legally binding national commitment to cut emissions and reach net-zero by 2050.

This page aims to keep you informed of the activities the council is engaged in to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

Environment Strategy and Action Plan

Our Environment Strategy and Action Plan sets out how we will contribute towards reducing carbon emissions.

Environment Strategy and Action Plan (PDF Document, 495.67 Kb)

We have a focus to eliminate and reduce emissions rather than use carbon offsetting, but we also recognise the importance of nature recovery and tree planting to sequester carbon.

We also have objectives to raise awareness of climate change through education opportunities around nature connection, monitoring air pollution and working with community and volunteers to improve the environment.

Local Plan

Our new Local Plan contains information about our climate plans for the period up to the year 2031.

Learn more about our new Local Plan

Electric Vehicle Charge Points

In order to help residents transition to electric vehicles, we have installed electric vehicle charge points throughout the borough.

Learn more about our electric vehicle charge points

Green Living Leicestershire

Green Living Partnership logoGreen Living Leicestershire is a partnership between Leicestershire authorities (Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, Melton Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council) to deliver projects supporting sustainability and Net Zero - the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible.

The partnership work together on projects which support delivery of objectives in relation to environmental protection and improvement, including energy efficiency, carbon reduction, climate adaptation and resilience, nature recovery and resource efficiency, sustainable transport, circular economy and community engagement.

Projects may be run by all or a group of the local authorities.

Projects run through the Green Living Leicestershire partnership can be found through individual local authority websites and include: Solar Together, Big Community Switch and Net Zero Toolkit.

Energy Efficiency Funding Scheme

Funding is now available for energy efficiency improvements to homes in Oadby & Wigston at no cost to residents.

Learn more about the Energy Efficiency Funding Scheme

HERO project

A Green Living Leicestershire project, delivered by the County Council’s Warm Homes service, in partnership with district authorities, has been awarded £400,000 by the government to support the HERO project (Home Energy Retrofit Offer), to connect eligible people to advice and funding for the installation of energy efficiency improvements, which will reduce energy costs as well as making households warmer and greener.

County residents can apply here

Council office move to Brocks Hill

The council has swapped its primary offices from Bushloe House in Wigston to Brocks Hill Country Park in Oadby in an innovative and eco-friendly move.

Learn more about the environmental benefits of the Brocks Hill redevelopment

Solar Together

In 2022 and 2023 we participated in the Solar Together scheme offering residents the chance to purchase solar panels to generate their own electricity, which led to several residents taking up the offer and solar panels being installed throughout the borough.

Learn more about Solar Together here

Tree Planting

We have been working towards climate targets by planting hundreds of new trees across the borough’s green spaces, and giving away 1,000 free trees to local residents, schools and community groups.

Learn more about our tree planting

Learn more about our free trees giveaway

Climate Change Baseline Study

The Council has been working with APSE (Association of Public Service Excellence) Energy to produce a 2019/20 Climate Change Baseline Study to measure the carbon footprint for Council operations and to provide a trajectory report to include decarbonisation scenarios and recommendations for net-zero.

A 2030 net zero trajectory was selected for discussion purposes; many other councils have a 2030 target, and this report will allow for an evidence-based discussion on what is the best course of action for OWBC.

Net Zero Carbon Emissions Trajectory (PDF Document, 1.43 Mb)

Net Zero Toolkit

This toolkit aims to provide a starting point for town, parish councils and community groups to address net zero in their local community. It has been developed in partnership with Green Living Leicestershire and aligns to the Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact.

Learn more about the toolkit

Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact

The council has teamed up with Leicestershire County Council and key partners and stakeholders from leading organisations to draw up an ambitious set of principles setting out Leicestershire’s commitment to tackle climate change, nature decline and carbon reduction.

Learn more about the Pact

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2024 4:27 pm