We all want to have a cleaner, greener and better place to live so responding to the changes in our climate (adaptation) and achieving net carbon zero (mitigation) is a responsibility that falls to us all.

Huntingdonshire District Council wants to prioritise the issues that impact the communities and business of Huntingdonshire the most – by listening to you we can do this. We can also represent your views with our partners, locally, regionally and nationally to make change count for Huntingdonshire.

So get involved in the Huntingdonshire Climate Conversation.""

The first phase of engagement took place from Friday 25 February 2022 to Friday 25 March 2022 and residents, businesses and other organisations were invited to take part in a short online consultation.

The purpose of ongoing engagement is to understand the priorities of our community - residents and businesses - when it comes to their environment. This will help us to better understand the priority areas our community would like to see us influence with our partners.

The views we receive will inform the draft Environmental and Climate Strategy which will be subject to further consultation in Summer 2022 where we will test our initial findings with focus groups and targeted communications.

Contact climateconversation@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Climate Strategy Infographic Survey Results

Climate Strategy – Infographic Survey Results  Between February and March 2022, the Council surveyed residents about their views on the environment and climate change with the objective of: • Understanding resident priorities for Council action • Identifying actions already being taken by residents and support needed to increase uptake • Understanding the impact of extreme weather events and local levels of adaptation to climate change  415 fully completed survey responses (with an additional 110 partial responses).  Energy consumption and renewables: 73% of residents thought that HDC should support the development of renewable energy. 13% of residents link renewable energy to climate change. 88% of residents had installed energy efficiency measures to reduce their electricity consumption.  Natural environment: When asked to identify the issues linked to climate change 20% of residents selected floods, 19% selected hotter weather, 16% air quality / pollution, and 12% planting trees.  In terms of actions which residents think HDC should take - 83% supported restoring nature and planting trees, with 18% ranking it as their top priority. In relation to the impact of climate change residents were most concerned about flooding, and storms and high winds.  Travel and transport: 46% of residents think HDC should switch to using electric vehicles. 42% think HDC should encourage staff to reduce car travel. 63% of residents reported that they have reduced their travel by car. 30% said that they weren’t able to reduce their car use, giving reasons that included a lack of public transport alternatives.  Waste recycling and resource management: 13% think of residents think of recycling and waste reduction as an issue linked to climate change. 92% of residents report that they have already taken steps to maximise their recycling and reduce waste. 1/3 A third indicated they would like more advice on maximising recycling / reducing waste.  Community: 48% of respondents ranked it as ‘Essential’ that the Council take action on Climate Change, while a further 29% ranked it ‘Very important’. 12% of residents think the Council should provide advice and guidance on access to information and funding for residents and businesses to help them tackle climate change.  Built environment: 78% of residents thought that HDC should make use of its planning powers to change the rules for new developments so that they met sustainability standards One fifth of respondents have had their home or business damaged by extreme weather events.