New website provides one-stop shop for tackling climate change in Oxfordshire

A new website offering practical advice for people in Oxfordshire wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and save energy went live today [11 July 2022].

Climate Action Oxfordshire – climateactionoxfordshire.org.uk – lists actions people can take and rates them according to effort, impact and cost. It also gives people an idea of ​​the financial savings they can make and includes tips and links on how to get started.

Whether it’s small changes such as cold washing your clothes, creating a wildflower area or using rechargeable batteries, recycling more, eating less meat and, for those on a bigger budget, getting signs solar or an electric vehicle, the website is full of practical things you can do with the time and money you have.

It is a joint venture created by Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, and OxLEP – the partnership of local business in Oxfordshire.

The one-stop-shop includes sections for individuals, communities and organisations, including businesses, and advice on transport, lifestyle, shopping, home and biodiversity issues.

Councilor Andrew Prosser, Cabinet Member for Climate Change at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “There are many opportunities for residents to reduce their energy use, especially around the home, which is a major contributor to climate change emissions. Simple steps can really add up, whether it’s draft-proofing windows and doors, replacing light bulbs with LEDs and being more diligent about turning off lights, or replacing old appliances by those with a better energy rating when it is time to renew them.

“The new Climate Action Oxfordshire website brings together a range of positive actions that residents can tap into to make their homes more sustainable, from quick wins that can be easily achieved to actions that require a little more input, for those who are able to go a little further. We urge everyone to take a look.

Councilor Sue Cooper, Cabinet Member of South Oxfordshire District Council for Environment, Climate Change and Nature Recovery, said: “Our residents are consistently among the top recyclers in the country. This is through a combination of their efforts and providing a service that makes recycling easy.

“However, there are always more people who can do to reduce waste and take climate action and so I am very pleased that the new website is helping people find more information about what they can. do at home and in their community. Although we seek to recycle as much as possible, our goal is to reduce the amount of waste we produce overall. »

Councilor Sally Povolotsky, Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and the Environment and Owner of Electric Vehicles (EVs), said: “Through the Park and Charge program, we now have 250 new electric vehicle charging points across the county. If you want to switch to an electric vehicle, you can find lots of useful information on the new website, including the huge benefits it can bring to our climate and air quality.

Councilor Pete Sudbury, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, said: “One of the many benefits of this new website is that it connects people with our community action groups. We recently welcomed our 100th group into the fold and it is inspiring to see them tackling climate change at the local level.

“Around 8,000 people in Oxfordshire are already involved in projects such as low carbon transport, energy, biodiversity, social justice, food and waste. If you want to get involved, log on and find your nearest group – or get tips for creating your own.

Imogen Thomas, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford and Climate Justice at Oxford City Councilsaid: “Tackling the climate crisis may seem like a daunting task, but there are ways everyone can get involved. Using less energy not only saves carbon, but also saves money, at a time when we are all feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis.

“Many of us can also play a role in strengthening the biodiversity of our green spaces. If you have a garden, you can explore native seeds that you can plant to encourage wildflowers. If you live in an apartment, why not explore how you can donate your time to a community garden or your local green space. Big or small, your actions can make a real difference.

Councilor Dan Sames, Cherwell District Council portfolio holder for cleaner and greener communities, said: “We could all do by reducing the amount of items we throw away in an effort to reduce our impact on the planet. This new website will help people find homes for unwanted items lying around the house, in garages or sheds by encouraging them and helping them to fix, reuse or donate things like bikes, furniture and electrical items.

“While these are small changes, they will help us transition to a One Planet Living model. There are organizations in the Cherwell District that will provide you with the help you need. It is now within reach. of click.

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of OxLEP, said: “The introduction of this platform gives businesses the information and practical, positive steps that can be taken to support a more sustainable future in the workplace.

“We therefore encourage our business community to use the Climate Action Oxfordshire site and understand how certain adjustments will collectively have a big impact and support the march towards a cleaner and more sustainable future for us all.”

The Climate Action Oxfordshire website contains filters allowing users to tailor it to their own circumstances. It will be updated regularly with new information and tips to help county residents do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint.

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For further information on this announcement, contact the Oxfordshire County Council Communications Team on 01865 323870 or email [email protected]

Edwin S. Wolfe