On 22 January 2019 Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency. The council committed to preparing a report within 6 months. This report outlined the work needed to become carbon neutral by 2030. As part of the process we spoke to thousands of residents across Cornwall. 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
Greenprint for a cleaner, greener and fairer Cornwall
Our response to the climate emergency is an ongoing conversation. This is with organisations and individuals in Cornwall and beyond. We are continuing to engage and learn as new challenges and new opportunities arise.
The Carbon Neutral Cornwall Action Plan explains our vision for how Cornwall can become carbon neutral. We have made a good start and now we need everyone to get involved.
We want everyone to shape Cornwall's vision for reaching carbon neutrality.
We can make chnages on a huge scale if we all make small changes to how we move, shop, eat, think and live, together.
Please take a look at the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Call to Action. You can help us shape Cornwall's Carbon Neutral 'greenprint' and put it into action.
Three Carbon Neutral Cornwall priority projects
Our plans provide a roadmap for carbon neutrality ahead of the Government's target of 2050, including:
- A Forest for Cornwall - 8,000 hectares (about 2% of Cornwall's land mass) of trees and hedges to absorb carbon and provide new outdoor spaces. The project will also help protect our existing trees, woodlands and hedges.
- The Whole House Retrofit Project to improve energy efficiency in Council owned housing. This will reduce energy bills, make homes easier to warm. It will also reduce the properties emissions.
- The creation of a new planning document - the Climate Emergency Development Planning Document (DPD). This will help us plan measures to address and mitigate climate change and strengthen policies of the Cornwall Local Plan. The next phase of the Climate Emergency DPD consultation is now underway.
For more information about Cornwall Council's Action Plan please email: firstname.lastname@example.org