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Climate action and what we are doing

We have declared a climate and ecological emergency and made a pledge to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030. We have published a report on Climate Action for West Oxfordshire to set out a proposed framework for:

  • developing a Climate Change Strategy for West Oxfordshire

Climate change strategy

We are developing a Climate Change Strategy which will consider ways to:

  • protect
  • conserve
  • enhance the natural environment to reduce our impact on climate change

A Climate Change Strategy for West Oxfordshire will be developed in partnership with officers responsible for service delivery and external stakeholders.

As the Strategy and key initiatives takes shape across the District, and as consultation events are planned, further information will be made available online.

Climate change survey results

We launched a Climate Action Survey to gather the views of people who live and work in the area. We received 446 responses which is an equivalent of 1 in every 250 residents in the District. This survey will inform our next steps and help shape our Climate Change Strategy. 

A large number of respondents were not aware of what we are doing to tackle climate change.


We asked what you think we should focus on. 334 people said climate change in general was a high priority for them. Only three people said this was not a priority at all.

The two top ranked priorities were biodiversity and green transport infrastructure.

The two lowest ranked priorities were reduction and recycling waste and retrofitting existing homes.

Climate action being taken

The percentage of people who are taking the following actions to help climate change:

  • 80% of respondents said they have changed what they buy
  • 81% have improved their garden for wildlife
  • 60% have switched to a green energy tariff
  • 59% have installed energy efficiency or water saving measures
  • 50% ride a bike and walk weekly