Biodiversity and Climate Emergency

In April 2019, Maidstone Borough Council declared a Biodiversity and Climate Emergency. You can see the declaration here.

In October 2020 we agreed our strategy and action plan for addressing these emergencies. You can see them here.

Find out more in our Biodiversity Climate Change Strategy.

Our plan

We wrote this plan using expert advice, views from landowners and our residents survey. We identified nine themes where we could control or influence actions. These are;

Transport; This creates the largest amount of emissions in the borough and we will  address it through the Local Plan, a travel plan for the Council and supporting infrastructure for electric vehicles

Buildings; We will support residents and businesses to move from fossil fuels to electricity to reduce emissions and to improve the energy efficiency of buildings .

Generating Renewable Energy; We need to generate more renewable energy to support the move from fossil fuels . We will support residents, businesses and communities to generate renewable energy.

Reducing Waste and energy used for processing waste; we will support residents to reduce the amount of waste produced and increase the proportion of waste that is re-used, recycled and composted

Adapting to Climate Change; We will experience hotter, drier summers; warmer, wetter winters and more storms. We will adapt to more frequent severe weather to help our communities and landscapes thrive .

Enhance and Increase Biodiversity; Biodiversity provides ecosystem services including clean water, clean air, rainwater absorption and flood mitigation. We will protect and increase biodiversity in the borough .

Making our estate carbon neutral; We will reduce emissions from our estate, including buildings and vehicles, to as close to carbon neutral as possible by 2030

Communications; communications will play a huge part in providing information to residents, organisations and businesses, including signposting to grant funding

Decision making processes and governance; we will ensure that climate change and biodiversity are considered when all decisions are made .

This action plan is a living document and will be updated as needed.

How you can help

Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas which contributes to global heating and ocean acidification) released into the atmosphere as a result of your daily activities.

You can calculate your carbon footprint and consider whether there are any ways you could reduce it.

Some actions have a great impact. This section gives an indication of larger, medium and smaller impact actions you may wish to consider

Large impacts

  • Installing renewable energy, like heat pumps or PV panels
  • Changing to a green tariff for your electricity and gas
  • Installing home insulation  - see if the Green Homes Grant Scheme can help you
  • Buying/leasing an electric vehicle

Medium impacts

  • Avoiding traveling by working from home/conference/video calls
  • Avoiding long haul flights
  • Reducing food waste and putting food waste in the food bins or composting it at home
  • reducing  meat and dairy intake. Saving the planet, one meal at a time

Smaller, but still useful, impacts

  • Using water saving devices like shower timers, water butts, etc.
  • Reducing car or taxi use by making some journeys on foot, bike or by public transport. This website shows options for many journeys
  • Recycling materials properly

Protect biodiversity by

  • considering taking Action for insects as shown by Kent Wildlife Trust.  Insects pollinate three quarters of our food crops, and are the main food source for many birds, small mammals and fish.
  • taking part in tree planting events near you
  • gardening for wildlife by using native plants, cutting out pesticides, digging a pond and leaving wild areas such as areas of long grass and wood piles
  • Never dropping litter or fly tipping and reporting fly tipping.