Our climate commitments

As you have seen, Bexley has a strong track record in looking after our environment. We know that responding to climate change is important to you.

How can everyone help?

As residents of Bexley, it is possible to make small changes that make a big difference across the borough. Many of these changes have multiple benefits, not only do they tackle climate change, but they can also save money, improve our health and wellbeing and keep Bexley a nice place to live.

That is why we have pledged the following:

Commitment 1

Celebrate, Promote and Protect our Natural Environment

One of the ways we can help tackle climate change is by looking after the green spaces we have already.

Climate commitment 1 - hands holding the earth
Climate commitment 2 - recycling image

Commitment 2

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We are committed to building on our success in reducing household waste and improving recycling.

Commitment 3

Send no waste to landfill

Landfill waste contains vast quantities of substances that are harmful to the environment. Plastics such as PVC and other materials leach toxic chemicals as they break down. High levels of methane gas and CO2 are generated by the rotting rubbish in the ground. These greenhouse gases contribute greatly to the process of global warming.

We are very proud that Bexley now sends no waste to landfill, and we commit to working with you to continue this success.

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Climate commitment 4 - hand holding green pound sign

Commitment 4

Enabling a greener economy

Jobs and businesses that increase sustainability and reduce emissions are known as the green economy. We recognise the significant growth opportunities that the green economy could bring for our local businesses and residents.

Opportunities such as low-carbon energy and electric vehicles, the need to retrofit buildings, particularly homes, with insulation and low-carbon heating and the digital workplace.

Commitment 5

Empower our residents, businesses and partners to make positive changes

We need to work together to reduce our carbon emissions across Bexley. This means we need to raise awareness of the issues we face as a borough, so we can work together to understand and choose the best solutions.

Climate commitment 5 - graphic of green plug
Climate commitment 6 - graphic of thinking of recycling in your thoughts

Commitment 6

To keep an open mind and to go further when we can

As green industries and technologies continue to develop, it will become easier and cheaper for us to live carbon-free lives. It could mean choosing an electric or hybrid car when buying a car. Or choosing to opt for a greener heating choice when the boiler breaks down.

We think that is important for all of us to keep an open mind when making future decisions, and if it is feasible, to make decisions that help make Bexley a greener and healthier borough.

Glossary of terms

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - The gas that is released when carbon is burned, or when humans and animals exhale.

Carbon footprint - A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.

Climate Change - Long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.

Emissions - The act of sending out light, heat, or gas. Carbon emissions refers to the harmful gases that are released when fuel and other substances are burned for energy.

Green Economy - An economy in which value and growth are maximised across the whole economy, while natural assets are managed sustainably. Such an economy would be supported and enabled by a thriving low carbon and environmental goods and services sector.

Green Jobs - Employment in an activity that directly contributes to - or indirectly supports - the achievement of the UK's net zero emissions target and other environmental goals, such as nature restoration and mitigation against climate risks.2

Greenhouse Gases - Gases in the atmosphere that have influence on the Earth's energy balance. The best known greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide, can be found naturally in low concentrations in the atmosphere. However, the proportion has increased significantly since the beginning of the last century due to various man-made sources.

Net Zero - A state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by their removal out of the atmosphere. The term net zero is important because - for CO2 - this is the state at which global warming stops.

2 Report to Government, Industry and the Skills Sector, Green Jobs Taskforce (14 July 2021)