At a full Council meeting on Wednesday 17 July Elmbridge Borough Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’.
Councillors have pledged to take local action to contribute to national carbon neutral targets through the development of practices and policies, with an aim of making Elmbridge Borough Council carbon neutral.
The motion, put forward by Councillor Mary Marshall, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, and seconded by Councillor Tricia Bland outlined that ‘urgent action’ is required to limit the effects of global warming, which not only affects the borough’s residents but people around the globe, and that action needed to start with Elmbridge Borough Council and the services it provides.
The motion stated that Elmbridge Borough Council believes that:
The Council called for the following action:
Councillor Mary Marshall, Portfolio Holder for the Environment says:
“As a Borough Council we are well-placed, not just to reduce our own environmental impact but to help the whole borough become more sustainable. If we make the right policies and decisions we can help reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, promote energy efficiency, reduce waste and more.”
“This declaration is only the beginning, we now need to develop our approach to identify the practical steps we need to make environmental sustainability business as usual for us. I look forward to presenting a report to full Council in February 2020 which outlines how we are going to achieve this.”
The strategy will be presented to Cabinet and Council in February 2020 and will build on our existing initiatives.
This is a very interesting development and we really look forward to hearing some more concrete ideas and suggestions within the six months timeline committed to.
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