What does Climate Emergency actually mean?

Manchester City Council recently became the latest local authority to declare a climate emergency. So far over 100 local authorities across the UK and Ireland have made such declarations, but what does it actually mean?

There is no single definition of a ‘climate emergency’ but many local authorities say they want to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The idea of a local authority declaring such a motion was first put forward by Bristol councillor Carla Denyer, which was passed by the city council in November 2018.

Denyer commented that it's not just about reducing carbon emissions on a local scale, but also raising awareness about climate change and trying to convince MPs so that changes can be made.

Becoming carbon neutral by 2030 would affect our consumer behaviour, how we work and how we live. Some of the houses in the UK are among the least well insulated in western Europe, making them more expensive to heat and exacerbating fuel poverty amongst vulnerable communities. By declaring a climate emergency, we can expect the expansion of programmes to make houses more energy efficient, which includes the retrofitting of existing dwellings.

Elmhurst was amongst the first to launch its Retrofit Assessor scheme, where qualified Domestic Energy Assessors receive specialised training that enables them to carry out work using the Trustmark quality mark.

This is an exciting new area of work for Domestic Energy Assessors to enter into, which we can expect to see grow over the next few years to support the government’s climate commitments.

To find out more about Elmhurst’s Retrofit Assessor course click here.

Article published: 24th July 2019

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