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Environmental sustainability 

These pages will tell you about the local environment, and the role we all play in protecting it. Sooner or later a damaged environment will hold back economic growth and lower the quality of life for everyone.

Sustainable development is about strong economic growth and community development, which protects and improves the borough's environment.

What is sustainable development?

Sustainable development is about making sure that there is a better quality of life for everyone, now and for the future.

Our aims towards achieving sustainable development

We will work alongside residents, businesses, society and the government to develop all our futures. Our Environmental Policy was signed by council leaders in May 2002 and commits us to protecting the environment and making provision for the future.

We are currently developing the boroughs first Climate Change Strategy. We have agreed to set a target for the borough to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The strategy will set out a detailed action plan to ensure that this target is met and to ensure that the borough is prepared for the unavoidable effects of climate change, including flooding, overheating and water shortages.

Areas of action

Barking Low Carbon Zone 

Barking has been designated a Low Carbon Zone - a community led approach to cutting the capital’s CO2 emissions.

Energy Action Area 

The energy action area strategy aims to deliver a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from all new developments in the town centre.

Energy strategy 

Outlines policies and measures for encouraging energy-efficiency improvements in the borough.


The council is taking part in a European-wide initiative that brings urban communities and businesses together with local authorities and researchers to collaborate on practical new solutions for more sustainable and resilient European cities.

Environmental Sustainability

Town Hall

1 Town Square


IG11 7LU


Phone: 020 8215 3000

Email: environmentalsustainability@lbbd.gov.uk