Net Zero Strategy Consultation

Dartford Borough Council recognised that we are facing a Climate Emergency in October 2019. The Council has set its own target of reaching Net Zero by 2030 and has developed a draft strategy that explains how the Council intends to step up to meet the challenge and turn the climate emergency declaration into a plan of action that will refocus the Council’s activity, operations and spheres of influence to reduce emissions, increase sustainability and benefit the wider environment.

'Net Zero' refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach Net Zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away.

Delivered under the “Planet Dartford” banner the strategy details how the Council will respond to the climate emergency whilst working together, with all stakeholders, to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. You can view the steps the Council has already taken on our journey to Net Zero by clicking the following link: What has the Council achieved so far?

In developing the Strategy the Council is keen to understand what our partners and communities think of the priorities and targets we have set ourselves and how you can work with us to bring forward some of the changes that are needed to the way we live and work. We would like to invite you to review the draft Strategy (the full version, as well as a summary, are provided below) and provide feedback via our short survey:

Draft Net Zero Strategy (Full Version)  Have Your Say: Net Zero Strategy Survey      

Please note: the consultation will be open from Friday 2 February 2024 for eight weeks, closing on 29 March 2024.

Net Zero Strategy Summary

A summary of the vision, aims and key priorities within the Strategy are highlighted below:

Our Vision: Planet Dartford

The Council has been working for many years to improve sustainability in the borough through the following strategic work; Dartford Local Plan, Air Quality Action Plan, Decarbonising our corporate estate, energy efficiency improvements to our housing stock and private sector housing and many more. The Council has also established several local environmental initiatives too, including; planting more trees, establishing community orchards, seeking to manage its open spaces to improve biodiversity, reducing waste and spreading the word about greener ways to live, work and travel. We’re bringing these initiatives together under one banner - Planet Dartford.

Our Aims

Change Ourselves

We want to lead from the front on Climate Change and have set ourselves a target of reaching Net Zero by 2030

Help Others To Change

Actions to tackle climate change will need action from all of Dartford’s communities, businesses, groups and households. The council will support others to make good choices.

Spread The Word

We will support the message that climate action is important and seek to influence millions of choices taken by tens of thousands of people in dozens of communities. Planet Dartford aim to take our climate change message to every part of the community

Our Key Priorities

Dartford Borough Council Organisational Emissions

Focus: The Council aims to reduce its organisational carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030


Focus: Support the shift towards cleaner modes of transport and reduce car dependency with co-benefits to air quality and health.

Built Environment

Focus: Improve the energy efficiency of buildings and support the shift away from fossil fuel powered heating systems to low-carbon technologies.

Energy Generation

Focus: support the generation of renewable energy across the Borough.


Focus: Support the Borough to reduce waste, reuse, recycle, compost and encourage a circular economy.

Land Use & Biodiversity

Focus: Protect, enhance and increase green space for the benefit of people, wildlife and carbon capture.

Governance and Finance

Focus: Embed climate change in all decision-making and governance at the Council.

Collaboration & Engagement

Focus: Empower residents, businesses and communities to make informed decisions on climate change and access relevant grants.