Canterbury Bid

Climate Action

Over the past few years, the world has experienced many extreme weather events, and all continents have been impacted – from Siberia to Mexico and from Greece and to Germany. Even in the UK, the residents of Fairbourne, Wales could be our country’s first climate refugees as flood defences are not likely to be adequate.

What is the problem for urban environments?

Towns and cities are both perpetrators and victims of the climate crisis:

  • Urban centres consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions.
  • Cities are heat islands, and therefore vulnerable to extreme weather, due to the amount of asphalt, concrete and stone combined with the loss of biodiversity.

What about Canterbury?

Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the majority of the city is part of a designated conservation area with scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens and numerous buildings protected by statutory listing. Canterbury has the beautiful River Stour running through it, and sits in a valley.

We have our work cut out for us – focussing both on reducing carbon emissions and improving biodiversity.

How can businesses prepare for the transition to net zero? What have other businesses done? How can Canterbury BID support you?

  • We are actively working on ensuring you have the business support you need to reduce your emissions.
  • We’re also celebrating businesses and organisations in our community committed to reducing carbon emissions, addressing climate change and promoting biodiversity, so we can all learn from each other.