Responding to the climate emergency
The States Assembly have agreed that a climate emergency exists and is likely to have profound effects in Jersey.
In response to the climate emergency, the States Assembly voted unanimously to approve the amended Carbon Neutral Strategy. The carbon neutral strategy responds to the requirement from the States Assembly to bring forward a plan to aim to be carbon neutral by 2030. The carbon neutral strategy builds on the progress made through the Pathway 2050: an Energy Plan for Jersey and sets out a strategic framework of principles and a central planning scenario. The strategy sets out a ‘people-powered’ approach to give Islanders a real say over when and how Jersey should become carbon neutral which includes a call for a Citizens’ Assembly on climate change.
Exactly what actions we need to take will depend on when and how Jersey becomes carbon neutral. It is already agreed that Jersey will at least become carbon neutral in line with international legal obligations which is set for 2050. These reports give further detail about the possible ways in which Jersey could become carbon neutral:
Carbon Neutrality by 2030 and its
The States Assembly has also voted to approve the amended Sustainable Transport Policy. Transport accounts for 51% of Jersey's on island carbon emissions so will have an impact on our aim to be carbon neutral.
Responding to the climate emergency will cost money. Read more about the
Climate Emergency Fund.
Help Jersey to become carbon neutral
To become carbon neutral Jersey will have to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we produce to a much lower level than today and balance our remaining unavoidable emissions by absorbing the same amount from the atmosphere. The actions required to do this will change the way we heat our homes, how we travel, our diets, what we buy, the taxes we pay and many other aspects of our lives.
Exactly what actions we need to take will depend on when and how Jersey becomes carbon neutral. It is already agreed that Jersey will at least become carbon neutral in line with international legal obligations which is set for 2050.
An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of different target dates
If you would like to find out more about ongoing assessments into offshore utility scale renewables, read the tidal stream industry update.
Jersey Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change
The States Assembly invited the citizens’ assembly to make any recommendations it sees fit but have asked that the assembly consider how we become carbon neutral, including when, and what happens after this point.
The participants showed a strong level of ambition and have recommended that Jersey becomes carbon neutral by 2030. The full list of recommendations is now available. Read the full report and the accessible summary for further information.
Find out more about the Jersey Citizens' Assembly on the Jersey Climate Conversation website.
What you can do at home
In the meantime, check our energy saving advice for simple ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
You can also have a Home Energy Audit
carried out on your home to tell you how to make your home more energy efficient.
What you can do at work
Find out how your business can save energy and reduce its carbon footprint and sign up to the eco active business network for more information and support. See the eco active business energy monitoring spreadsheet to identify what energy your business uses and by extension the associated carbon emissions.
Opportunities to have your say will be coming soon. You can email the Climate Emergency team to be kept informed about these opportunities.
We'll also post any updates on social media:
Watch a briefing to learn more
You're invited to watch a briefing on our carbon neutral strategy and sustainable transport policy to learn more about what the States Assembly has agreed to deliver.