Our climate is changing and human activity is the primary driver of this change. The main human influence on global climate is emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2). This is released when we burn fossil fuels, such as gas and oil, to heat and power our homes and businesses and to run our vehicles. The gases trap heat in the atmosphere, increasing the warming of the earth.
This pie chart shows the main sources of CO2 in the Wyre Forest District.
We have developed a Climate Change Strategy which sets out how we intend to tackle climate change in Wyre Forest. This includes actions to reduce emissions from our homes, businesses and transport and to address the impacts of climate change in the area. Please also see the Wyre Forest Climate Change Action Plan 2015/6.
We are also signed up to the Local Government Association’s Climate Local Campaign and work with other organisations in the county to deliver the Worcestershire Partnership’s Climate Change Strategy
We worked with the Carbon Trust to develop a Carbon Management Plan, aiming to cut emissions from our buildings and vehicle fleet by 30% between 2010/11 and 2016/17. To find out how we’re getting on with this, please see our latest Carbon Management Update Report and our annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
There are lots of things we can all do to cut our carbon emissions- and often save money too. To find out about your environmental impact, use an online calculator such as the WWF Footprint Calculator
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A detailed Worcestershire Climate Change Impacts Study has been carried out.
This revealed changes in Worcestershire's climate, for example winters have become much wetter relative to summers. Our climate is expected to carry on changing, with changes in temperature and rainfall patterns and more frequent extreme weather events such as storms and floods. Predictions depend on future emissions -the higher the emissions, the more extreme the changes are likely to be.