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Council joins forces with sectors across Cornwall to fight climate change

Cornwall Council has launched a new Partnership Group to find new ways for Cornwall to address the climate emergency.

The group is part of the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme, working towards carbon neutrality across Cornwall by 2030. It will explore opportunities for carbon reduction across different sectors and make recommendations for actions which will have the biggest impacts on Cornwall’s ambitious targets.

Meeting for the second time today (July 10) virtually, the Partnership Group brings together representatives from a variety of sectors across Cornwall and aims to provide a new perspective on some of the challenges Cornwall is set to face.

The sectors responsible for the largest proportion of carbon emissions in Cornwall are all represented, including transport, housing, energy and agriculture.

The group also includes representatives from the voluntary sector, academic research, waste, business, tourism, biodiversity and public health, and will also address international issues to help understand the impact of the climate emergency on those across the UK and beyond.

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods and Chair of the Partnership Group, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of a connected response to the challenges Cornwall is facing. We have already taken great strides to reduce our emissions, but we need to find new ways of thinking to find the solutions we need in order to become carbon neutral by 2030.

“The climate emergency will bring many changes to Cornwall over the coming years, including changing temperatures, rising sea levels and threats to our supply of food. Many pioneering projects, including the Forest for Cornwall and the Climate Change Development Plan Document are already underway, however more is needed and we are really excited about bringing together these Cornish leaders and their years of experience to help us all work together towards a Cornwall that works for everyone.”

The group will meet every three months, communicating between meetings to prepare collaborative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities for Cornwall to take action on the climate emergency.

Other sector representatives and people with specific experiences will also be consulted to help the group understand the wider implications of any potential actions across the whole of Cornwall.

The full list of partners are Cornwall Council, Coastline Housing, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, Cornwall Food and Farming, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, European Centre for the Environment and Human Health (Exeter University), the Eden Project, Federation of Small Businesses, Go Cornwall Bus, NFU South West, PEP Renewables and ShelterBox.

As a result of the work of the Partnership Group a special workshop is taking place looking at the interrelation between health, the environment and other factors to explore the potential systemic impacts of Covid-19 and the climate emergency.

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‘Building climate change and health into post-COVID plans’ is being co-hosted by the University of Exeter’s European Centre for the Environment and Human Health and Cornwall Council and takes place on July 15.


Story posted on July 10, 2020