Climate change

Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategy 2024 - 2028

The strategy sets out actions and opportunities Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council will undertake to address the climate emergency declared in July 2019 and the biodiversity emergency declared in July 2023.

The strategy identifies the need to reduce carbon by switching from the dependence on fossil fuels to cleaner resources such as renewables.

Get an idea of your carbon footprint

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Photography competition

If you are a resident, student, or pupil in the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, you can join our climate change photography competition.

The theme for this competition is climate change and our borough which should be reflected in all submitted photographs.

Any photographs entering the competition must be taken after 1 January 2024 to reflect our current climate.

The climate change photography competition runs until 12 September.

FInd out more and join the competition

Our vision

To work towards making Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council carbon neutral by 2030 (direct council emissions) and to ensure that the borough is net zero by 2050:

  • Considering both production and consumption costs
  • Minimising the environmental impacts of our activities
  • Through our leadership role, influencing and empowering others to take similar actions
  • Ensuring all the council decisions consider the carbon usage and the resulting impact
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Green Living Leicestershire

Green Living Leicestershire

This is a partnership between Leicestershire councils supporting sustainability and net zero - the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible. More about net zero and Green Living Leicestershire

Corporate plan links

The Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategy supports the corporate plan vision of creating clean, sustainable, and attractive places to live, visit and work in.


Buildings and land use

We will seek to use our land for carbon reduction and ensure our buildings are energy efficient:



We will work to decarbonise travel across the council and borough:



Waste and pollution

We will ensure we waste less as a borough and stop dependence on single use plastic:



We will protect and improve Leicestershire’s biodiversity and environment:

What we have achieved so far:

  • Carbon literacy training for staff
  • Electric vehicle charging points have been installed across the borough
  • Established a cross-party member working group (chaired by Cllr M Cartwright, Executive Member)
  • Climate change strategy incorporated into the council’s corporate plan
  • Five electric vehicles within the council's fleet
  • Signed the Leicestershire Net Zero Pledge and the Leicestershire Climate and Nature Pact
  • Planted six ‘tiny forests’ in 2021 and planted 9,318 trees in 2021 to 2022
  • Established our green space volunteer group who continue to help the biodiversity on our land
  • Granted permission for three large scale solar farms
  • Secured funding for green technology
  • Delivered schools’ carbon footprint workshops to over 160 students
  • Created a parish and town council net zero toolkit as part of the Green Living Leicestershire partnership, to help towns and parishes to reduce their carbon emissions and make changes to adopt lower carbon practices
  • Moved the council’s energy supply to a green tariff
  • Moved the majority of fleet and grounds maintenance machinery to run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) during 2023 lowering emissions by up to 90%
  • All event vendors are now local
  • Developed and adopted the Leicestershire Waste and Resource Strategy 2022 to 2050
  • Launched our first residents free tree scheme in 2022 resulting in 23,000 trees being planted by residents and community groups in gardens and open spaces
  • Supported the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Local Nature Recovery Strategy
  • Delivery of sustainable warmth schemes, with 67 households having been accessed or delivered
  • Established the council’s Business Climate Forum - meets regularly and held a joint litter pick event with businesses and a local school to raise awareness
  • Reduced air quality complaints regarding smoke emissions since 2022
  • Introduced new taxi licensing policy from November 2022, requiring all taxis to be low emission by December 2030
  • New Hinckley & Bosworth Borough council events recycling bins introduced with clear labelling in summer 2023, and all Hinckley & Bosworth Borough council parks recycling bins upgraded the same way during 2022
  • Introduced a carbon/green accreditation scheme for event organisers (sustainable events commitment)