Our action plan
On 22 January 2019 Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency. The council committed to preparing a report within 6 months, outlining how to reduce carbon emissions and work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. As part of the process we spoke to thousands of residents across Cornwall and on 24 July 2019 the Cabinet unanimously approved the ambitious plan.
"As we have outlined, it will not be easy, 2030 will be extremely challenging and may well prove impossible; but that does not mean that we should back away from the challenge or ambition to start this journey now, being passive and waiting for others. If other parts of the world chose not to act, that is not a consideration that should define what we do. We are going to lead. Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change
The current Action Plan is a first step. Our response to the climate emergency will be an ongoing conversation with organisations and individuals in Cornwall and beyond, continuing to engage and learn as new challenges and new opportunities arise.
Our plan provides an outline roadmap for carbon neutrality a full twenty years ahead of the Government's target of 2050 including:
A Forest for Cornwall - planting 32 square miles or about two percent of Cornwall's land mass with trees and hedges to absorb carbon and increasing public access to outdoor spaces. The project will also cover strengthening the protection of our existing trees, woodlands and hedges. For more information on the wider benefits trees provide visit our Forest for Cornwall pages.
Powering all new homes with alternative energy and increasing the amount of renewable energy generated and used in Cornwall.
Making energy efficiency improvements to existing Council owned housing. This will help reduce the cost of energy bills and make homes easier to warm.
Creation of a new planning document - the Climate Change Development Planning Document (DPD) - This will help us plan positively for measures to address and mitigate climate change and strengthen policies of the Cornwall Local Plan.
Coming soon - we're working on an easy to use, abridged, version of our full Action Plan which will outline the scale of the challenge and the steps we are taking.
You can Download the full Climate Change Action Plan (63 pages)