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Council shares ideas for start of climate change work in Cornwall

Cornwall Council is to share its first plans for tackling climate change and becoming carbon neutral by 2030 at an extraordinary meeting today (Friday, May 31).

The Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which is overseeing the Council’s climate change work, has been asked to consider ideas for the first stage of the Council’s Climate Change Programme Plan. 

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It is also being asked to recommend engagement with residents, businesses, schools and partners on the proposals.

In January Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency and called on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Since this declaration, public support for environmental action has grown as shown in the Youth Strike 4 Climate marches.

Now the Council’s Climate Change Project Board is working to identify the steps required to achieve the carbon neutrality goal.

It is to produce a report for Cabinet by July addressing what has already been achieved along with the short term and long term actions required by the Council, its partners, communities and residents.

The Board will also outline what Government support is needed to overcome barriers that will be identified in the plan.

Following the report there will be wider engagement with communities, businesses, schools, partners, voluntary organisations and others to gain input and to help shape and support the programme.

Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, said: “As a Council we have taken the bold step to lead in this area and to ensure that Cornwall plays a key role in meeting the challenge to reduce the impact of global warming.

“But we know that meeting the requirements of the climate emergency motion will not be achieved through our actions alone. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require significant action from nearly every service from within Cornwall Council and action from every person, community and business across Cornwall.

“We will have to look at changing the way we do things, from the energy we use, to the products and food that we buy. This will be relevant to all residents of Cornwall.”

The Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee extraordinary meeting takes place at New County Hall in Truro at 1pm on 31 May.  The agenda is available on the council website.