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Reading Buses 17 -2

Council secures £4.7m funding for town’s first battery electric bus fleet

  • Zero-emission electric double deck buses will run on routes 17 & 21
  • Funding will allow installation of charging infrastructure at Reading Buses depot
  • Investment will help reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality
Whitley Orchard 1

Above target for tree planting with the help of some friends

  • Council plants more than 400 trees across the borough during the autumn and winter
  • Residents and volunteers help with planting at community orchard in Whitley
CLO Bronze

Council officially accredited as a Carbon Literate organisation

  • Council certified bronze level five months into Carbon Literacy training programme
  • Accreditation demonstrates Council’s commitment to genuine low carbon action
Forbury Gardens-3

Five-year anniversary of Reading declaring climate emergency

  • Good progress made by the borough and Council but still much more to be done
  • Call for all residents, communities, organisations and businesses to pull together to achieve net zero Reading by 2030
Reading Buses 17

Plans for six new bus lanes recommended for approval

  • New bus lane proposals to be considered at Council committee meeting
  • Schemes aim to make bus journeys even faster and more reliable
  • Council committed to improving environment and air quality for Reading residents
Car Exhaust 2

Have your say on plans to tackle air pollution in Reading

  • Consultation launched on Reading’s Air Quality Action Plan 2024-29
  • Reading’s air quality is improving but some areas are still above pollution targets
  • Measures in the plan to benefit people’s health, the environment and quality of life
CDP 2023

Reading makes global environmental A List for third successive year

  • Reading one of only 119 towns and cities in the world to make CPD A List 2023
  • Only 26 UK authorities achieve A status in the ‘gold standard’ of environmental reporting
  • Call for Reading residents, businesses and organisations to help keep up the momentum
Gaia 3

Reading cuts carbon emissions by 51% and Council reduces own carbon footprint by 74%

  • Reading achieves eighth largest reduction in carbon emissions in the country since 2005
  • Reading Borough Council cuts its own carbon footprint by 74% in 14 years
  • Council achieves target to reduce fossil fuel use by 50% two years early
  • Call for Reading residents, businesses, communities and organisations to re-double efforts to reach net zero by 2030
Solar panels being fitted

Over 200 Reading residents to save money through Council solar initiative

  • 239 residents set to have solar panels installed in most cost effective way
  • Over 1,000 people expressed interest in the scheme
  • Offer gave residents chance to reduce their carbon emissions and save on energy bills
Councillors and residents plant the tree together in Kidmore Road, Caversham

Residents and Councillors Plant Together as Reading’s Tree Planting Efforts Set To Reach 387 Planted in Five Months

  • Collaborative effort saw residents choose the tree best suited to their road
  • By the end of March 387 trees will have been planted in Reading since November
  • Tree planting strategy will see 3,000 trees planted on Council land by 2030
Solar panels

Council commits almost £1 million additional funding for more carbon reduction measures at brand new leisure sites

  • New measures to include solar panels and three additional air source heat pumps (ASHP) at Rivermead and Palmer Park
  • Investment will contribute to the Council’s ambition to achieve a net-zero carbon Reading by 2030
Rewilding in Bugs Bottom

Reading Council to extend successful ‘Rewilding’ trial into 2022

  • Rewilding scheme first introduced in 2020 continues to be a great success
  • Initiative launched in 12 parks during 2021
  • Introduction of wildflowers to town centre locations 
  • Several volunteer groups created community-led rewilding sites last season