B&NES is taking wide-ranging action to tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergencies, including updating planning and transport policies, developing a vision for green renewal, planting trees, and investing in retrofitting and renewable energy. That’s according to a report approved by Councillors this week.
However, Councillors also warned that more government support and action is needed if climate targets are to be met. Read the Climate & Ecological Emergency Progress Report report here
Cabinet member for the Climate and Ecological Emergencies, Councillor Sarah Warren, said:
“We are pressing forwards with real action on the Climate and Ecological Emergencies and focussing our efforts on the areas which can deliver the biggest carbon savings – transport, energy efficiency in buildings, and renewable electricity generation and energy storage capacity.
“Updating Council policies to make these changes is not glamorous, and can be frustratingly slow, but we will not shy away from the difficult decisions needed to turn the oil tanker.
“We want residents to get involved in this work, including talking to their Councillors about Liveable Neighbourhoods and getting involved in the consultation to update local planning rules.
“There will be much more to share in the coming months on retrofitting, increased renewable energy capacity, tree planting and an ecological action plan.
“However, I must also warn you that our Council’s action alone is not enough. We are not receiving the support we need, whether in terms of money or leadership, from national government.
“I echo the national Climate Change Committee appeal for appropriate long-term financing, policy, and powers, and more flexibility in place of top down solutions, to support those local authorities whose aspirations, like ours, are more ambitious than those of our national government.”
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