Environment

Southwark Council has dithered and delayed on the Climate Emergency. Despite unanimously declaring a climate emergency in March 2019, it took the Labour-run council almost 2.5 years to publish a strategy and action plan (which was widely condemned by community and environmental groups as lacking in detail and ambition). In February 2022, it was revealed that Labour had also failed to spend a £25m climate fund.

This is an emergency. Action is urgent. 

Southwark Liberal Democrats have a plan to go further and faster — to make Southwark the greenest borough in London.

  • Formally protect and enhance our green spaces. We will review the site-selection criteria for council-led developments and conduct an audit of all green spaces as part of our pledge to safeguard them from being built on.
  • Plant 100,000 trees across Southwark. We will plant more trees and use full powers available to protect mature trees.
  • Invest in retrofitting, insulation and sustainable energy. We will invest in technology such as solar panels and heat pumps; and will back community energy projects to help our estates switch to green energy.
  • Fully divest Southwark’s pension fund from fossil fuels. We will end all direct or indirect investments in fossil fuels by 2025 and increase the fund’s allocation into clean energy organisations.

We will also work to implement all the recommendations of Southwark’s Climate Change Citizens Jury that are within the council’s capacity; and will work with all stakeholders to improve the Climate Change Strategy so that it delivers the necessary plans to tackle the climate emergency.