Croydon Council Has No Idea How Much It Spends On Climate Change

Croydon Council has no estimation on "how much climate change will cost the council annually at this time" or how much it currently spends on adaption.

By Victory and Lucas, Croydon · May 12, 2020

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Croydon Borough Council has admitted that it does not know how much it spends on climate change adaption currently, or how much it estimates to spend on climate change in years to come.

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the council stated that it “has not previously measured spend in terms of climate change adaptation.” In addition, the council admitted it  “does not have an estimate or projection on how much climate change will cost the council annually at this time.”

The findings were made by the media literacy charity The Student View.

A Croydon Council spokesperson said: “Croydon Council is prepared for climate change and led from the front in declaring a Climate and Ecological emergency in July last year.

“Preparations include launching a citizen’s assembly and the Sustainable Croydon Commission, giving residents, and especially young people, a voice in how we meet this global challenge. The council has invested heavily in introducing electric vehicle charging points and in planting trees over the past year to help prepare for climate change.

“The council has also pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030, introduced substantial discounts for parking permits for less polluting vehicles, set up a £250,000 Green Croydon Fund to support environmental initiatives across the borough, and introduced School Streets encouraging pupils to walk, scoot or use public transport to get to school.”