Cabinet supports Council’s climate emergency plan

At their meeting on Wednesday 24th July, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet gave its unanimous approval to the Council’s trailblazing plan to tackle the climate emergency and help Cornwall cut its carbon footprint.

Proposals to be developed include planting carbon-absorbing woodlands across the Duchy, powering all new homes in Cornwall with alternative energy sources under a planning shake-up and making energy efficiency improvements to existing Council owned homes.

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The Cabinet backing comes after the Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and unveils its initial plans to help Cornwall strive towards becoming carbon neutral, ahead of the Government’s national target of 2050.

Among the Council’s first proposals are:

  • A Forest for Cornwall to be planted over the next 10 years and covering around 32 square miles – about two per cent of Cornwall’s land mass. It would increase canopy cover in the region substantially, absorb a critical amount of carbon and support wildlife.
  • A new climate change planning shake-up to strengthen existing policies in the Local Plan to promote renewable energy, environmental growth and energy-efficient homes, increasing employment opportunities and generating more of our own energy.
  • A whole-house retrofit pilot which would see energy efficiency improvements fitted to Cornwall Housing homes, helping reduce fuel poverty for residents on low incomes.

To read more about this please see the full press release.