North West Leicestershire signs county climate and nature pact

Published: Thu 2 March, 2023

Cllr Andrew Woodman signs the Leicestershire County Council Climate and Nature Pact in 2023

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is one of the first 12 organisations to sign up to the Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact.

Spearheaded by Leicestershire County Council, working with partners and stakeholders from across the region, the pact sets out a commitment to tackle climate change, nature decline and carbon reduction.

The pact is based on the principles of the Glasgow Climate Pact, signed by the UK government in November 2021.

It brings together the private and voluntary sectors to work with local government, education sector and local communities to make environmental changes.

The core requirements of the Pact include the need to act quickly on reducing the impacts of climate change, reducing carbon emissions to net zero, halting ecological decline, supporting climate recovery, and working together to deliver effective action on climate change.

The Pact was officially launched and signed on Tuesday 28 February, attended by representatives from more than 40 organisations who gathered to share their ideas on how to work together towards common net zero carbon goals.

The first 12 signatories to the Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact are:

  • Leicestershire County Council
  • De Montfort University
  • National Forest
  • Green Fox Community Energy
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Leicester
  • Midlands Net Zero Hub
  • Cenex
  • LLEP (Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership)
  • Environment Agency
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Community Services Portfolio Holder for NWLDC, said: “As part of our Zero Carbon Roadmap we have committed to reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging our residents, business and communities to do the same, so signing the Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact further demonstrates our commitment to doing all we can to reach our net zero aims and supporting the aims of our county council colleagues.”

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for the environment and green agenda, said: “The Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact underlines the urgent need for organisations in the county to work together to deliver our climate commitments. It highlights the fact that we can’t reach net zero on our own – we need a team effort to make it a reality.

“We are leading by example and encouraging partners, businesses, groups and organisations to get involved to help shape a greener future for the county, and for generations to come.”

Signatories of the Leicestershire County Council Climate and Nature Pact - From Leicestershire County Council