In July 2019 we declared a Climate Emergency and set out our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough and of the council itself.
Our ambitious goal is to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030 and this will require making big changes to the way we all live, travel and work. You can read more about it in our Sustainability Strategy Part 1 - 2020 TO 2023 and our three-page Strategy Summary.
One of the most important issues for us to tackle is reducing car use - our roads are already congested and our town continues to grow. If we collectively started to reduce car journeys, traffic on the roads would decrease along with carbon and the other emissions that cause harmful air pollution.
With this in mind we have been working on providing alternative modes of transport for residents that make leaving the car behind an easy decision:
- Our new Beryl bike share scheme is live with 300 bikes and up to 70 drop off and pick up points across the town.
- On 1 July our new Arriva Click on demand bus service will launch with 7 new 15 seater minibuses that operate across the town bringing people where the need to go rather than following a fixed route
- Our new travelWatford app is now live and ready to download from Play and App stores with information on these new initiatives and all the available options people have for getting from a to b in the town.
We are also encouraging more take up of electric vehicles through our e-car hire scheme and by introducing seven new ev charging points at various locations across the town. We've invested in a new building for the Watford Cycle Hub which will provide more support services for cyclists.
An action plan to help us to reach our carbon neutral 2030 goal has been developed by a newly established Sustainability Forum consisting of council officers and elected councillors.
The council cannot deliver the Sustainability Strategy in isolation. People Power is a key part of our strategy and we are committed to working with communities and businesses. Please contact us on email@example.com to collaborate. We are setting up a Sustainability Open Forum to hear your views on making Watford a cleaner, greener town.