Cabinet meeting

At a meeting of the full council on Thursday 25 July 2019, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) has unanimously declared a climate change emergency. The meeting took place on the day,reported by the BBC

At a meeting of the full council on Thursday 25 July 2019, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) has unanimously declared a climate change emergency. The meeting took place on the day,reported by the BBC as the hottest July day on record in the UK,

At the council meeting the Council quoted the United Nations Improvement Panel on Climate Change’s finding that “we have 12 years to make the necessary changes to limit a rise in global temperatures”. The Improvement Panel further warns of the environmental repercussions of failing to act, including rising sea levels, crop failures, extinction and global economic crisis.

As part of the emergency declaration, the county council has committed to establishing a cross party Climate Change Task and Finish Working Group which will report back to Cabinet with an action plan in six months.

Work will also go ahead, in collaboration with the District and Borough councils, to develop proposals for a carbon neutral action plan for WCC to be considered by Cabinet. As part of the move towards carbon neutrality, the county council will also review and update transport plans for each District and Borough Council to support them in building sustainable transport systems.

Councillor Heather Timms, WCC Portfolio Holder for Environment and Heritage & Culture, said: “In Warwickshire we are committed to tackling climate change, and to achieve that we need to have a properly costed plan, with targets for the short, medium and long term. In six months we will have that plan ready for us to consider, with dates and targets.

“But we should also recognise the good work that we have already done over the last five years, at a time of reducing budgets, to manage our impact on the environment. This includes achieving a 41% decrease in greenhouse gases from council property and transport, buying 100% renewable energy, making changes to our street lighting practice and developing a new flood risk management plan.”

To find out more about the council’s energy strategy, visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/energystrategyandpolicy

Published: July 26th 2019