Camden Council launches CMI plan to improve air quality in the borough

Camden’s Cabinet has approved, subject to full council agreement on 7 March, the launch of the Camden Climate Investment, an innovative Community Municipal Investment (CMI), allowing residents to invest in a cleaner, greener future for the borough.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council said: “With each day that passes the need for a decisive and collective international response to the climate and ecological emergency becomes increasingly and perilously overdue.

“Here in Camden, we’ve cut CO2 emissions by 43%, however, our hard work must continue with urgency if we want to protect our planet and our future generations. This first Camden Climate Investment is looking to raise £1 million to fund a range of projects across the borough, which have been selected based on feedback from the 2019 Citizens’ Assembly.”

Residents can invest from £5 in what aims to be the council’s first £1m fund dedicated to climate emergency action.

The money will fund a range of real, local projects which will help reduce our climate impact in Camden, including:

  • Installing 80 further electric vehicle charging points to encourage residents to switch to electric vehicles.
  • Continuing the rollout of the council’s healthy school streets initiative, which aims to improve air quality and improve the local environment around schools.
  • Contributing to the budget to replace Camden’s fleet of diesel and petrol vehicles with green alternatives.
  • Installing solar panels on public buildings to reduce carbon emissions and the cost of electricity.

The CMI, which is in partnership with ethical crowdfunding platform Abundance Investment, is also eligible to be held tax free in an Innovative Finance ISA. Local people investing will receive interest from the council every six months, and their original investment back after five years.

The launch of the Camden Climate Investment complements the council’s ambitious five-year Climate Action Plan, a programme of projects and activities that brings to life a vision of a zero carbon borough.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a sustainable Camden said: “The climate emergency is the most serious threat to our planet and we as a community must do everything in our power to tackle this growing threat.

“Camden is a leading local authority on the climate agenda – we have committed to do all that we can to make Camden a zero-carbon borough by 2030, however, we must all go much further and quicker if we want to make a real difference, and we can only do that through a joined-up approach with communities and organisations across Camden.

“Investing in the Camden Climate Investment will fund a range of real, local projects which will help reduce our climate impact in Camden, including ensuring that more of the council’s vehicle fleet runs on zero carbon fuels and the installation of solar panels on Camden estate roofs.”

Councillor Richard Olszewski, Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation said: “As well as helping us tackle the climate crisis, the Camden Climate Investment is also a good deal.

“It offers you the chance to earn returns that are higher than traditional savings accounts, while also contributing directly to tacking the climate emergency in our neighbourhoods.

“This municipal investment offers fixed interest per year, before tax. Interest is paid 6 monthly, and the capital is repaid after five years. It is also eligible to be held in an Innovative Finance ISA, which means you can earn tax free returns on this investment.”

Karl Harder, Cofounder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment said: “Your money is one of the most powerful tools you have to make the change we need to accelerate the decarbonisation of our local communities and economies. The Camden Climate Investment gives residents and green investors the chance to put their money to work directly to build a greener, more sustainable borough.” 

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