Climate Change and Green Oldham
In July 2019, the Council committed to becoming a Green New Deal Council, setting targets of carbon neutrality for the Council by 2025 and for the borough by 2030. The Oldham Green New Deal will focus on building the green economy whilst cutting bills for residents and businesses, at the same time as meeting our environmental commitments and aspirations.
Our aim at Oldham Council is for us to become one of the greenest borough’s in the country and in the process, do our bit to tackle climate change as well as help our residents.
This November, we have declared ourselves the UK’s first ‘Green New Deal Council’ which will transform us into a destination for green tourism and green business.
So how are we going to do this? In consultation with residents, businesses, staff and elected members, we are preparing a new strategy that will help us to become centre for environmental excellence and business opportunity.
With flagship projects such as Northern Roots – a 160-acre eco-park – and the £350 million regeneration of Oldham Town Centre including a radical overhaul of its energy infrastructure, we have the potential to become a trailblazing example of how the ‘think global, act local’ approach can help to secure the economic future of residents and communities.
We have already focused over the last few years on reducing carbon emissions and protecting biodiversity – despite the challenges of reducing our budget. And we have done this through award-winning programmes such as Warm Homes Oldham (the borough’s affordable warmth programme) and Generation Oldham (the borough’s community energy programme, pictured outside NEON Hub community centre).
These programmes have delivered real financial savings for households, schools and community groups, whilst engaging residents directly in thinking about the energy they use and the wider environmental implications. These programmes also address OIdham’s other priorities such as health and wellbeing and building community confidence and expertise.