Climate emergency declaration

Cornwall Councillors met at the Full Council on the 22 January 2019, where Councillors debated a significant motion on tackling climate change and voted to support the declaration of a climate emergency.

This was an amendment tabled by Jayne Kirkham to the motion put forward by Dominic Fairman calling for ‘Urgency on Climate Change’. The amended motion was agreed by the Council and a climate emergency was declared.

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The declaration requires the Council to prepare a report outlining how it can sufficiently reduce carbon emissions through energy and other Council Strategies, plans and contracts to ensure Cornwall is carbon neutral by 2030. These efforts will build on and accelerate the work already delivered through Cornwall’s Environment Growth Strategy (adopted in 2016) which forms the backbone of the Council’s efforts to grow the natural environment in an effort to help us respond and adapt to climate change.

The climate change emergency declaration also called on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary for the required change and committed the Council to providing adequate staff time and leadership to ensure the report is prepared within 6 months.  

The Council are currently allocating internal resources to begin the formulation of an action plan and will share more information as soon as possible.

You can read the minutes of the Full Council meeting on 22 January 2019 here.