CED regions in UK

Below are the UK local council, national, and dependency regions that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order. Click the “more” links to see details of the motions they passed.

13 November 2018, Bristol City Council, England, UK, population 535,907

First local council in the UK to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration, at least partly in response to the birth of the Extinction Rebellion movement in the UK. See Bristol Change Starts Now.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

Full Council calls on the Mayor to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make the city of Bristol carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)5;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goal through
all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Mayor/Council will take to address this emergency.

See Motion 2 in the Bristol Public minutes 13112018 1800 Full Council

28 November 2018, Trafford Council, England, UK, population 233,288

Trafford Council was the second UK local council to declare a Climate Emergency, citing the IPCC Special Report and the precedent set by Bristol City Council.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

Therefore, Council agrees:

– To declare a ‘climate emergency’.

– To establish a new task and finish group, with a remit to:

(i) Seek advice from experts to develop a carbon budget and set a challenging target date for carbon neutrality in Trafford;

(ii) Consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;

(iii) Make recommendations and set an ambitious timescale for reducing these impacts;

(iv) Report to full Council with the actions the Council needs to take to address this emergency.

See here or Motion 10c in the agenda for the climate emergency declaration resolution text.

3 December 2018, Totnes Town Council, England, UK, population 8,076

Third local council in the UK to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
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Resolution:

Full Council thus:
1. Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make the town of Totnes carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1,2,3);
3. Call on Devon County Council, South Hams District Council and Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible and to appoint Citizens assemblies to develop the policies to deliver this target;
4. Work with other local authority organisations such as DALC (Devon Association of Local Governments) and appropriate government departments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels;
5. Continue to work with partners across the district, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Place this issue on Council Committee agendas to agree strategies and action plans.
7. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

See pp31-33 for the full Totnes Town Council climate emergency declaration statement
Totnes Town Council climate emergency declaration statement.

5 December 2018, Frome Town Council, England, UK, population 26,203

Fourth local council in the UK to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
18 February 2109: Finding Courage in the Climate Crisis, free public talk hosted by Frome Town Council as part of engaging the local community.
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Recommendations
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
2. Pledge to make Frome carbon neutral by 2030;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target
possible
4. Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors;
5. Develop a detailed plan of action and report back to council in six months time.
6. Reports to Council in six months with an update on the actions being taken to
address this emergency.

See Frome Agenda-item-5-For-decision-Climate-emergency-declaration

6 December 2018, Forest of Dean District Council, England, UK, population 86,000

Unanimously passed a motion to declare a climate emergency and make the Forest of Dean District Council and the district carbon neutral by 2030.
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Extract from the resolution:

Full Council calls on Council to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Aim to make the Forest of Dean District Council and the district carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3), Ref 4
3. Call on the Government and other relevant organisations and partners to provide the powers, resources and funding to successfully meet the 2030 target;
4. Subject to receiving the necessary powers, resources and funding to:
a) Work with other councils and organisations (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5C; and
b) Ask the Leader to initiate work with partners across the district, county and region to help deliver carbon neutrality through all relevant strategies and plans.
5. As a first step, to actively investigate using a local green energy company as the Council’s energy provider.

See the full minutes related to this motion.

10 December 2018, Ladock Parish Council, England, UK, population 1,513

Passed a motion to accept there is a climate emergency, to be carbon neutral by 2030, and to set up a climate change sub-committee. Full minutes can be downloaded here.

12 December 2018, Greater London Authority, England, UK, population 8,174,000

The Mayor of London accepted the recommendation from the London Assembly to declare a climate emergency and make London a zero carbon city by 2030.
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Motion passed by the London Assembly on 6 December 2018:

This Assembly notes that the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities and others.

This Assembly notes the Mayor’s climate change mitigation and adaptation responsibilities and recognises that he aims to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 and would welcome further ambitious steps.

We welcome action by Bristol city council and other city councils around the world to declare and commit resources to tackling a ‘Climate Emergency’.

We urge the Mayor to declare a Climate Emergency, supported by specific emergency plans with the actions needed to make London carbon neutral by 2030, call on government to give him the powers and funding to make this possible and, as vice chair of the C40 Cities network, to be a leader on this agenda.

The Mayor had previously committed to making London a zero carbon city by 2050. See his 1.5C Compatible Plan (December 2018) outlining getting to zero carbon by 2050.

13 December 2018, Stroud District Council, England, UK, population 116,627

The Stroud District Council endorsed the Climate Emergency Declaration passed on 16 November 2018 by the council’s Environment Committee. See the Stroud Action Plan.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

The Committee resolves:
To ask Stroud District Council to endorse the ‘Climate Emergency’ announced by the administration on 16 November 2018 and pledge to do everything within the Council’s power to make Stroud District carbon neutral by 2030.

To recommend to the Strategy and Resources Committee that initial funding of £200,000 from the business rate pilot gain, (expected to be a minimum of £500,000, and which has not been included in the base budget for expenditure) is ring-fenced to support scoping and delivery of the Stroud District Carbon Neutral 2030 Commitment.
These funds will support action:
1. To set out a Plan of Action, including clear targets and transparent reporting, to develop District wide Locally Determined Contributions to complement National Determined Contributions in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C.

See full text of the agenda item passed by the Environment Committee and endorsed by Council:
Stroud agenda-13-december-2018

13 December 2018, Brighton and Hove City Council, England, UK, population 273,369

Unanimously passed a climate and biodiversity emergency motion.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
1. Then, on 31 January 2019, in response to an Extinction Rebellion petition, Council passed another motion to release a statement about this publicly and ensure it committed to 2030 for whole city carbon neutrality.

2. On 1 March 2019 it was reported here that £500,000 which was earmarked for the redevelopment of Brighton Town Hall will now be used for investment in “sustainability and carbon reduction”. Labour leader Daniel Yates said: “We need to deal with the climate emergency facing the city and create a fund for those who wish to fight climate change.”
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Excerpt from December 2018 proposal:

Further to this, Council:
(1) Declares its recognition of global climate and biodiversity emergencies;
(2) Requests the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee to:
– undertake a short review of BHCC governance policies and progress aimed at addressing locally these twin threats and to report on findings;
– consider a target date of 2030 for whole city carbon neutrality;
– consider how the Council can strengthen local protection and enhancement of species, habitats and ecosystems services under available powers;
(3) Request the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating
the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on
the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

See the Brighton and Hove City motion

17 December 2018, Oswestry Town Council, England, UK, population 17,105

Oswestry Town Council accepted that there is a climate emergency and resolved to become carbon-neutral by 2030.
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The council resolved to complete a carbon audit and action plan to deliver sustained reductions in its carbon footprint, require reports to identify the impact of any proposals on its carbon footprint, and to form a working party to encourage the people of Oswestry to reduce carbon emissions and “become more resilient to climate change”.

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17 December 2018, Machynlleth Town Council, Wales, UK, population 2,235

17th December 2018, Machynlleth Town Council unanimously responded to a 500+ signature petition calling for a Climate Emergency to be declared by passing a motion to support the request.
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They went on to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Launch an inclusive consultation to develop an action plan over the next 6 months to:
· make Machynlleth net-zero carbon as soon as possible;
· increase local resilience to climate impacts;
· maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
3. Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
4. Work with other local areas, particularly the community councils and other partners in the Dyfi Biosphere;
5. Report within six months with the actions the town can take to address this emergency, for example increasing the energy efficiency of the Plas, or working with the town’s purchasing policy;
6. Agreed to discuss with Renew Wales how they might support this process.

18 December 2018, Langport Town Council, England, UK, population 2,872

Langport Town Council unanimously passed a motion to acknowledge the Climate Emergency and commit to attempt carbon neutrality by 2030.
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Recommendations:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ This will help to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external support and funding.
2. Pledge to support Langport to become carbon neutral by 2030;
3. Call on Westminster and other Governmental authorities to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible
4. Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors;
5. Engage with local groups and businesses to develop a plan of action and report back to council in six months time.

Resolution:

It is proposed that Langport Town Council acknowledges the climate emergency and will work with the relevant community groups to champion becoming a carbon neutral community by 2030.

7 January 2019, Scarborough Borough Council, England, UK, population 107,902

A meeting of full council passed a Greens motion to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to attempt carbon neutrality by 2030.
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Tory Scarborough commits to carbon neutral by 2030

Text of the full motion.

The motion commits the borough council to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to do everything within the Council’s power to make the Borough of Scarborough carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the borough and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Submit a bid as part of the Council’s budget setting process for an additional £80,000 to fund a ‘Sustainability’ Officer Post for a two year period to champion the scoping and delivery of the Borough Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 commitment.

15 January 2019, Bradford District Council, England, UK, population 534,300

See details of the Bradford Climate Emergency Declaration motion.
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The resolution text:

Council therefore:

1) joins London, Bristol, Manchester and other UK local authorities in declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’;

2) commits to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030 (including Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol);

3) requests that the Leader of Council reports back to Council within six months with an Action Plan and ‘roadmap’ to ensure that Bradford Council becomes a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030;

4) requests that the Leader of Council reports back to Council within six months with detailed information about how the Council will work with partners across the Leeds City Region and with central government to seek to ensure that Bradford District’s net carbon emissions (Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3) are reduced by 90% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels;

5) requests that the Chief Executive establishes a ‘Bradford District Climate Change Board’ before the end of 2019, equivalent to that of Manchester, to underpin our efforts to decarbonise Bradford District;

6) requests that the Chief Executive writes to the government requesting (a) additional powers and funding to make our 2030 target possible and (b) that ministers work with other governments to ensure that the UK maximizes carbon reduction by 2030 in line with the overriding need to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C.

15 January 2019, Stithians Parish Council, England, UK, population 2,101

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:

RESOLVED:
1. To declare a ‘climate emergency’;
2. To pledge to work towards making Stithians Parish carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
3. To call on Westminster and Cornwall Council to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. To work with government to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5⁰C;
5. To continue to work with partners across the parish of Stithians to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. To prepare, in conjunction with SEG, a report within 6 months stating the actions Stithians Parish Council will take to address this emergency.

16 January 2019, Kirklees Council, England, UK, population 423,000

See the full agenda item passed by the Kirklees Council.
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The resolution text:

We therefore resolve to:

1. Declare a Climate Emergency and publicise this to the people of Kirklees to raise awareness, and support the public to take effective action.

2. Request Cabinet initiate a full Environmental Audit of Kirklees Council to measure its carbon footprint, identify hotspots and work toward being carbon neutral in line with the latest targets set and agreed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; with Cabinet to report to the first meeting of the working party, referred to at 4 below on the scope of the environmental audit

3. Significantly improve our recycling rate to reach the target of 55% by 2025, and ask that the Cabinet implement a range of short term measures to improve recycling rates, in advance of a full review of the waste collection and disposal service.

4. To set up a Councillor Working Party including the appropriate Cabinet Lead with a remit to:

a) Commission and oversee the Environmental Audit

b) Consult expert opinion in the field, as appropriate

c) Identify practical measures to reduce emissions and the Council’s carbon footprint

d) encourage action in the wider community, businesses and other key organisations e.g. NHS and Educational Institutions

e) Report to Full Council within six months with an action plan to address the Emergency and incorporating proposals on the investment implications of this proposed activity

5. The Council to consider Environmental Impact as part of any new policy

6. The Council to seek to collaborate with other Local and Regional Authorities on emission reduction projects as appropriate. The Leader of the Council to write to the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry requesting that national policy is urgently developed to reflect the seriousness of the current emergency and to release funds to local authorities that would allow them to take the necessary measures at local level.

22 January 2019, Cornwall Council, England, UK, population 563,600

Cornwall Council (representing the entire Cornwall County) declared a Climate Emergency almost unanimously.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
1. February 20 update: started to take action with: “a total of £17 million is being invested from Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund, alongside a further £2 million from Cornwall Council towards a comprehensive, high-quality off-road walking and cycling.”

2. March 1: The Council are currently allocating internal resources to begin the formulation of an action plan and are inviting the public to offer suggestions.
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Full minutes of the discussion and the final resolution are here.

3. Council set up contact page for residents to submit their questions, suggestions, and ideas about implementing Climate Emergency action.

RESOLVED that the Council
1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’.
2. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030 and commit to work with other Councils with similar ambitions.
3. Provide adequate staff time and leadership to prepare a report within six months to establish how Cornwall can sufficiently reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency, low-carbon fuels and investment in renewable energy and other Council strategies, plans and contracts within a timescale which is consistent with an ambition to restrain Global Warming to 1.5?C. This will draw together the actions Cornwall Council is already and will continue to take; and where possible, outline partners’ commitments to move towards a carbon neutral Cornwall by 2030.

23 January 2019, Milton Keynes Council, England, UK, population 229,941

Agenda is here.
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Excerpt:

That the Council agrees to:
(a) declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
(b) fully support making Milton Keynes the World’s Greenest City;
(c) support the pledge to make Milton Keynes carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050;
(d) call on Central Government to work with local authorities to provide the powers and resources to make the ambitious targets possible;
(e) sign the Oxford City Clean Air Charter https://www.oxford.gov.uk/downloads/file/4867/charter_for_cleaner_air (Item 5 attached [Page 51]);
(f) continue to work with partners across the city, region nationally and internationally to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
(g) ask Cabinet to ensure that the resources are in place locally to ensure the ambitious targets in the Sustainability Strategy can be met;
(h) ask Cabinet to ensure the Sustainability Strategy Action Plan for the period 2019
– 2023, with clear and implementable actions, is brought forward as quickly as possible;
(i) arrange a Climate Emergency Conference in Milton Keynes this year to bring together local, regional, national and international agencies, business and stakeholders to help develop actions to ensure Milton Keynes can become the world’s greenest city; and
(j) ask Cabinet to report to Council annually on the progress made in this area.

23 January 2019, Lambeth Council, England, UK, population 324,431

Lambeth Council passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion at a full council meeting.
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Agenda is here. Minutes coming soon.

24 January 2019, Leicester City Council, England, UK, population 329,839

Leicester Council declared a Climate Emergency.

28 January 2019, Oxford City Council, England, UK, population 150,200

Oxford City Council unanimously passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
Launched a £41m hybrid battery project to heat 300 homes and power an electric vehicle hub.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore agrees to:
1. Join other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency;
2. Call on Westminster to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change
easier;
3. Request Scrutiny to urgently review and make recommendations on revisions to the Council’s 2017-
2022 Carbon Management Plan in light of the recent IPCC report and the latest Oxford City Council data
(published August 2018). This should include the setting of an early carbon neutral target for the City
Council and a governance structure to ensure close monitoring of the Plan;
4. Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver widespread carbon reductions.

28 January 2019, Falmouth Town Council, England, UK, population 21,797

Declared a Climate Emergency as requested via an Extinction Rebellion petition to Council. Agenda is here. Minutes coming soon.

28 January 2019, Aberystwyth Town Council, Wales, UK, population 16,420

The declaration was prompted by an online petition issued by the Aberystwyth branch of Extinction Rebellion and supported by student strikers.
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The motion is here.

In response to the petition, and given that many of the actions requested by the petition are not within the legal responsibilities of the Council, the Council RESOLVED to take action to address climate and biodiversity issues only within its areas of responsibility:

to draft an open letter to Westminster, the Welsh Government and the County Council to declare its recognition of the climate change and biodiversity emergency and to ask them to respond to it fully and to take proper action to combat the emergency.

to plan a series of meetings to engage with the residents of the town to develop a plan of action and to publicise what the Town Council is doing.

29 January 2019, Norwich City Council, England, UK, population 141,300

Supporters of the original Climate Emergency Declaration motion regard the amended motion that was passed as being a failure, but the amended motion does meet our criteria for inclusion in the Google Map above.
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The original motion is below, but note that an amended motion was passed. ‘Declare a Climate Emergency’ was replaced with ‘Acknowledge the Climate Emergency’, and the 2030 target date was replaced with ‘as soon as possible’. It is thus on a par with motions passed by local councils in other countries where potential legal implications discourage use of ‘declare’, and inclusion of specific dates may be considered unnecessarily limiting.

Humans have caused irreversible climate change. The world is set to overshoot
the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report describes the enormous harm that a 2° rise in temperature is likely to cause, saying that limiting temperate rise to 1.5° may still be possible with ambitious action.
In order to limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, humans must urgently reduce our carbon equivalent emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes. Authorities around the world are declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing
resources to address this emergency.
Council RESOLVES to:
(1) Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
(2) Pledge to make the city of Norwich carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
(3) Call on the Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
(4) Work with other local authorities to determine and implement best practice
methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C;
(5) Ask Cabinet to:
a) continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this
new goal through all relevant strategies and plans; and
b) report to Council within six months with the actions the Cabinet will
take to address this emergency.

30 January 2019, Lancaster City Council, England, UK, population 142,500

Lancaster City Council passed the motion unanimously. The motion, which was proposed by Labour party councillor Kevin Frea, was strongly supported by local youth, who gathered the 1,500 signatures necessary to force a debate in the council in just three days.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
March 2019: Convened a Climate & Environmental Emergency Conference for Councillors, Citizens & Experts, Young & Old, to come together and share ideas, experience, inspiration, information and actions from their local areas.
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Council will set up a Climate Change Cabinet Liaison group immediately, involving councillors, residents, young people and academics.

Text of the amended motion is here.

Excerpt:

We, the undersigned, therefore call on Lancaster City Council to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, which involves taking action outlined in the following clauses;
2. Support the setting up of a Climate Change Cabinet Liaison group immediately, involving Councillors, residents, young citizens and experts from the two Universities and other relevant parties. Over the following 12 months, the Group will review the 2010 Lancaster City Council Climate Change Strategy and help the Council develop a new carbon budget taking into account both production and consumption of emissions;
• Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible;
• Draw upon the observations, insights and reports of the Citizens’ Assembly;
• Review the Council’s Investment Strategy to give due weight to Climate Change targets in the Investment portfolio;
• Report to Full Council prior to the next budget cycle with a fully costed action plan to address this emergency to feed into the 2020 budget;

3. Request that the Cabinet member with responsibility for Climate Change, working with the Climate Change Cabinet Liaison group, convenes a Citizens’ Assembly in 2019 in order to help identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030;

30 January 2019, Calderdale Borough Council, England, UK, population 208,402

Declared a Climate Emergency.
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Full text of motion is at the bottom of this page.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore:
– Declares a Climate Emergency;
– Notes that the Council and Borough are on course to meet their 2020
CO2 reduction target of 40%;
– Notes that our current targets are inadequate to respond to the
challenge of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5c.
ThIs Council Requests that:
(a) the Cabinet set up a Calderdale Climate Change Committee to respond to
this challenge, that meets in public with wide representation including from all
party groups;
(b) the Cabinet through this Committee sets a new target and action plan for
Calderdale to be carbon neutral;
(c) resolves to work with other local authorities and West Yorkshire Combined
Authority on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK is able to deliver on its
climate commitments; and
(d) Council calls on the Government to provide the resources and powers so
that Calderdale can make its contribution to the Uk’s Carbon Reduction targets.

6 February 2019, Sheffield City Council, England, UK, population 577,800

The vast majority of the council (minus one UKIP councillor) agreed that we are in a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that councillors want to work together on cross party action.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

therefore declares unequivocally that our city, country and planet are facing a CLIMATE EMERGENCY;

Full motion is here.

7 February 2019, Edinburgh City Council, Scotland, UK, population 513,210

Passed a ‘Climate Emergency 2030’ motion.
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The motion:

9.4 By Councillor Burgess – Climate Emergency 2030
Council;
1) Notes the recent United Nations IPCC report advising that climatechanging pollution must be very significantly reduced over the next 11 years to 2030, in order to prevent global average temperatures increasing beyond 1.5 degrees C and to reduce irreversible,
catastrophic impacts of climate change;
2) Notes that other local authorities, including Bristol, Scarborough and the London Assembly, have responded to the UN report by declaring a Climate Emergency and setting targets and action plans in-line with the reduction of climate-changing pollution necessary;
3) Notes the draft Climate Bill going through the Scottish Parliament that will require local authorities to act in accordance with increased targets for reducing climate-changing pollution by at least 90% by 2050 and also the pressure to increase this target to zero carbon by 2050;
4) Further notes the first conclusion from the recent Sustainability Audit by of Professor Andy Kerr of the ECCI that:
‘The City of Edinburgh Council has an unprecedented opportunity to set Edinburgh on a course that will deliver rapid improvements in social and economic wellbeing for its citizens, as well as meeting stretching climate and environmental targets. This would put Edinburgh at the forefront of global cities’.
5) Therefore calls Council to address these concerns within Council’s reponse to professor Kerr’s Audit due for consideration at the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee in May. This report should include a climate Emergency 2030 target in line with the latest UN IPCC advice on remaining within a global average temperature rise of 1.5 degress C above pre-industrial levels, an assessment of emissions form the 1990s to date and an action plan setting how this, and further ambitions, can be achieved.

13 February 2019, Tywyn Town Council, Wales, UK, population 3,264

The town council for Tywyn in North Wales voted unanimously to declare a Climate Emergency. This was in response to a motion put forward by local group, Greener Tywyn, supported by 703 signatures from local residents including 188 from the town’s high school students (age 11 – 16).
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Minutes of the meeting are not available yet, but the petition to Tywyn Town Council asked:

We, the undersigned, therefore call for a motion on the Tywyn Town Council agenda of 13th February 2019 to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Support a community-led consultation enabled by Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd to develop an action plan to:
• reduce Tywyn’s Greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as soon as possible;
• make Tywyn more resilient to climate impacts (eg strong winds/higher tides/drought);
• maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
3. Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
4. Work with other local organisations, particularly the community councils and other partners in the area.
5. Discuss with Renew Wales how they might support this process.

13 February 2019, Vale of White Horse District Council, England, UK, population 126,663

Another Oxfordshire council
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In light of the above, the Council therefore agrees to:

1. Join other councils in declaring a Climate Emergency;

2. Ask the leader to write to the Secretary of State requesting that they provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier;

3. Request that, in light of the recent IPCC report and the latest Vale of White Horse District Council data (published June 2018), officers review the council’s Climate Change Strategy and Carbon Management Plan with the aim of bringing a report to Cabinet in the autumn of 2019, after consideration by Scrutiny. The review should include the option of adopting an early carbon neutral target for the Vale, and proposals for regular reporting to Scrutiny Committee the progress with the strategy and plan;

4. Ask officers to ensure that as the council’s policies are routinely reviewed, specific consideration is given to how policies, and our related decisions and actions, affect our contribution to climate change, and where necessary, update these policies to reduce our impact wherever possible;

5. Ask officers to provide the cost and the most appropriate training for members and officers about how to promote carbon neutral policies for future consideration by Cabinet;

4. Continue to work with partners across the district, county and wider region to deliver widespread carbon reductions.

See full agenda item here.

13 February 2019, Glastonbury Town Council, England, UK, population 8,932

Glastonbury Town Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and pledged to make the operation of Council carbon neutral by 2030; with cross-party support for the Climate Emergency Motion proposed and seconded by Green Councillors Lindsay MacDougall and Jon Cousins.
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Climate Emergency Motion:

In light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change – warning of the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures, and highlighting the need for rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – this Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ and will:
1) continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

18 February 2019, Cheltenham Borough Council, England, UK, population 117,100

From the motion preamble: ‘The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so
severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority’

PROGRESS SO FAR:
7 March 2019: increased car parking charges to encourage use of more sustatinable transport
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Full motion text is here.

The resolution:

Full Council calls on the Cabinet to:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
Pledge to make Cheltenham carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
Continue to work with partners across the town, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

18 February 2019, Chard Town Council, England, UK, population 11,727

Chard Town Council supported a motion tabled by Dave Bulmer to declare a Climate Emergency and set the wheels in motion to make Chard Carbon Neutral by 2028.

19 February 2019, North Somerset District Council, England, UK, population 212,800

This Conservative-controlled council unanimously backed a call to target zero carbon by 2030 and declare a climate Emergency.
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See Motion 6 here.
Excerpt:

This council will:
Declare that it recognises a ‘Climate Emergency’.
Take active steps to make North Somerset carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
Set up a cross-party Working Group to bring forward proposals and work with partners across the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
Report to Full Council every six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

20 February 2019, Carmarthenshire County Council, Wales, UK, population 185,600

The 4th Welsh Council and the 2nd Welsh county-level council to declare a Climate Emergency.
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, we propose that Carmarthenshire County Council

1. Declare a Climate Emergency

2. Commit to making Carmarthenshire County Council a net zero carbon local authority by 2030

3. Develop a clear plan for a route towards being net zero carbon within 12 months

4. Call on Welsh and UK Governments to provide the necessary support and resources to enable effective carbon reductions

5. Work with Public Services Board and Swansea Bay City Deal partners to develop exciting opportunities to deliver carbon savings

6. Collaborate with experts from the private sector and 3rd sectors to develop innovative solutions to becoming net zero carbon.

20 February 2019, Somerset County Council, England, UK, population 555,200

Another county-level council, this time a Conservative one in England. In declaring a climate emergency, the Council recognised the scale and urgency of the global challenge posed by climate change as defined by the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

20 February 2019, Durham County Council, England, UK, population 862,600

Declared a Climate Emergency, and adopted a target to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and to investigate actions to make County Durham ‘carbon neutral’ by 2050.
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Full agenda text is here.
Excerpt:

Full Council agrees to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;

2. Immediately adopt a new Durham County Council target of 60% by 2030 making significant progress towards making Durham County Council and County Durham carbon neutral taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

3. Investigate what further actions are necessary to make County Durham Carbon Neutral by 2050 and pledge to achieve this;

4. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 and 2050 targets possible;

5. Work with other agencies and bodies (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;

6. Continue to work with partners across the county and region to identify opportunities for innovation, develop clean industries and a green economy and ensuring we have the right infrastructure for our communities to deliver on these new targets through all relevant strategies and plans;

7. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will need to take to achieve the new 2030 target and supply an initial report on what actions would be required to achieve a carbon neutral County Durham by 2050.

21 February 2019, Somerset West and Taunton Council, England, UK, population 149,800

Councillor Dave Mansell’s motion to declare a climate emergency was unanimously agreed by the Shadow Full Council for Somerset West and Taunton, which will soon take over as the new district authority.
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Shadow Full Council resolves:
1.To declare a climate emergency.
2.With partners across the district and region, to start working towards making Somerset West and Taunton carbon neutral by 2030, taking into accountemissions from both production and consumption.
3.To call on the UK Government to provide guidance and the powers and resources to make carbon neutrality possibleby writing to local MPs, the Secretaries of State for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, Transport, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Housing, Communities & Local Government.
4.To develop a Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Plan, starting fromJuly 2019, with a cross party working groupand the necessary officer support to assist with investigative work, drafting the plan and the delivery of early projects.
5.To report to Full Council before the end of2019 with costedproposals for projects for the Council to effectively start addressingthe climateemergency…

21 February 2019, Cambridge City Council, England, UK, population 123,867

Following a petition which attracted the signatures of over 2,000 local residents, Council declared a Climate Emergency but with a 2050 zero carbon target rather than the 2030 target in the original motion.
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Full text of minutes here.
Excerpt:

This council declares a climate emergency and we:
Will continue to reduce the council’s building and fleet emissions through developing and investing in carbon reduction projects and we will update our Carbon Management Plan regularly.
Will continue to support residents and businesses in Cambridge to reduce their emissions using the powers and funding currently available to the council.
Will establish a Cambridge Climate Charter calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals in the city to each establish their own Carbon Management Plans and to commit to reducing their carbon emissions which will help us to work towards our city’s net carbon-zero aspiration.
Will continue to work with the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to promote sustainable transport.
Will establish a Clean Air Zone in Cambridge

21 February 2019, Devon County Council, England, UK, population 1,185,500

Declared a Climate Emergency. An amendment asking for a 2030 zero carbon target was defeated.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
16 May 2019: Public bodies, business representatives and utility companies – all members of a new Devon Climate Emergency Response Group – are supporting urgent action on the climate emergency, and councillors unanimously agreed to set aside £250,000 towards an initiative to persuade organisations, communities and individuals to do more to reduce global warming.
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Full text of minutes (Item 185) is here.

Excerpt:
(a) the Council reaffirms its recognition of the scale and urgency of the global challenge from climate change, as documented by the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and declares a climate emergency; and
(b) mandates the Environmental Performance Board to review and recommend what further corporate approaches can be taken through the DCC Climate Change Strategy and Corporate Energy Policy and to facilitate stronger Devon-wideaction through collaboration at a strategic, community and individual level.

25 February 2019, Mendip District Council, England, UK, population 111,724

Full Council passed a Climate and Ecological Emergency Motion put forward by Green Party Cllr Shane Collins ‘to Declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency’. It was passed with cross party support having been seconded by Ros Wyke, leader of the Lib Dems and supported by the Conservatives, with two abstentions.
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Excerpt:

Full Council calls on Mendip District Council to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make the district of Mendip carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)5;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other councils and governments to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the district and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Submit a bid as part of the Council’s budget setting process for an additional £80,000 to fund a ‘Sustainability’ Officer Post for a two year period to champion the scoping and delivery of the District Council’s Climate Emergency 2030 commitment.
7. Report to Full Council every six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

26 February 2019, Wiltshire Council, England, UK, population 435,000

The Executive had initially turned down the proposition of going carbon neutral by 2030, but the motion was eventually passed by 36 to 32 with lots of abstentions. The campaign was led by the Lib Dems who have 20 seats on the Council.
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Excerpt:

Full Council calls on the Cabinet to:
1. Acknowledge that there is a ‘Climate Emergency’.
2. Pledge to make the County of Wiltshire carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Requests and supports the work of Overview and Scrutiny to set up a task group of the
Environment Select Committee to develop recommendations and a plan to achieve this pledge
along with undertaking a carbon / renewables audit.
4. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
5. Work with other local government authorities (both within the UK and internationally) to
determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.
6. Continue to work with partners in the private sector and civil society across the County and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
7. Report to Full Council on a six-monthly basis with the actions the Council is taking and will take to address this emergency and reporting these against the Carbon / Renewables Baseline audit.

26 February 2019, Reading Borough Council, England, UK, population 163,100

Unanimously passed a motion that began with, ‘Reading Borough Council (RBC) believes the world is now clearly in the midst of a climate emergency and that more concerted and urgent action is needed at local, national and international level to protect our planet for future generations’. Full text is here.

26 February 2019, South Lakeland District Council, England, UK, population 103,454

Voted unanimously in support of a motion ‘confirming’ the Climate Emergency.
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Full text here. Scroll down to Item (2).
Excerpt:

Council confirms that we are facing a climate emergency.
Council now urges government to recognise this urgency and to work with local authorities, health services, businesses, consumers, farmers, educational institutions and all other interested bodies to reduce to zero as quickly as possible our carbon emissions and their equivalents.

26 February 2019, St Neots Town Council, England, UK, population 31,165

Voted unanimously to declare a Climate Emergency and to set up a working party of 8 people to begin investigating how to become carbon-neutral by 2030, with not only Councillors but also interested members of the public in the working party.

27 February 2019, Lewisham Council, England, UK, population 292,000

Lewisham Council became the second London borough to declare a climate emergency and will now set about reorganizing its work and priorities to deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030.
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Excerpt:

Lewisham Council resolves to:
1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’
2. Recognise that a changing climate will have severe and enduring social, economic
and environmental implications, and that tackling climate change is an issue of inequality
as the greatest impact will be on the most vulnerable and those least able to protect
themselves.
Call on the Mayor and Cabinet to:
1. Pledge to do everything within their power to make Lewisham carbon neutral by 2030.
2. Launch a review to report to on delivering a Zero-Carbon Lewisham including:
• Publishing a new Lewisham Action Plan on Climate Change, with an interim draft
ready for scrutiny by the Sustainable Development Select Committee and Mayor &
Cabinet before the end of the municipal year 2019/20.
• Setting specific and measurable targets to reduce carbon emissions for the Council
and for the borough as a whole, including costed milestones to zero-carbon;
• Consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s
activities;
• Increase local resilience to climate impacts already in the system.
3. Task an Executive Director with responsibility for reducing the carbon emissions
resulting from the Council’s activities as rapidly as possible, and ensuring a coordinated
approach across housing, our corporate estate, transport, regeneration, planning and
other services.
4. Continue to prioritise support for vulnerable residents through the Council’s fuel poverty
programmes working with partners at a community, borough wide and regional level to
provide advice services and access to funding for heating, insulation and ventilation.
5. Accelerate existing programmes to deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
including delivery of heat networks in the borough, low carbon development and high
quality housing, an efficient and low carbon corporate estate and support for renewables
and for community energy.
6. Work with partner bodies across the borough and across London to ensure the climate
emergency is adequately reflected in the development and implementation of all borough
wide strategies and plans.
7. Reaffirm Lewisham’s membership of UK100, and use our membership to work with
other councils across the UK to meet climate change targets.
8. Draw up a communications strategy to support delivery of a Zero-Carbon Lewisham
and enable Lewisham residents to make low carbon choices.
9. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make this possible.

27 February 2019, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Northern Ireland, UK, population 156,672

Ards and North Down Borough Council passed Northern Ireland’s first Climate Emergency motion. Led by Green Party councillors Rachel Woods and Barry McKee, the motion was agreed without changes in a full meeting of the Council chamber.
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Full details pp38-43 here.
Excerpt:

16.8.Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor Woods and Councillor McKee
That this Council notes the recent IPCC report on the impacts of climate breakdown;
agrees that drastic and far-reaching measures must be taken across society to try and mitigate the risks and declares a ‘Climate Emergency’.
It establishes a working group to assess the impact of the activities of Ards and North Down Borough Council on greenhouse gas emissions, exploring what mitigation measures can be put in place as a matter of urgency. This would include bringing the issues of climate breakdown to the fore in the local community and businesses, as well as formulating a climate adaptation plan.

27 February 2019, Welshpool Town Council, Wales, UK, population 6,664

Declared a Climate Emergency and council’s Strategy and Policies Committee will now draw up a list of priorities to help move towards Welshpool being a net-zero carbon producer as soon as possible.
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Full details in Appendix B here.
Excerpt:

Motion.That Welshpool Town Council:
1.Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2.Take action to improve the Town Councils own practices to reduce our own contribution to Climate Change. See attached document. TownCouncil Action plan for Declaration of a Climate Emergency (This document is to be referred to the Strategy and Policies Committee for completion)
3.Take action to;
*help move towards Welshpool being a net-zero carbon producer as soon as possible;
*increase local resilience to climate impacts;
*maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
4.Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
5.Work with other organisations, such as Renew Wales, other Community Councils and Local businesses to help counter climate change

4 March 2019, Kington Town Council, England, UK, population 3,240

Notified by email from the Town Clerk the motion was passed. The agenda item is here.

5 March 2019, Carlisle City Council, England, UK, population 108,300

The Climate Emergency Motion was passed, but the Conservatives abstained, saying that they weren’t going to vote for a motion that was “undeliverable and uncosted”. The Council Labour leader Colin Glover said “it’s rightly ambitious. it is much better to go for a very ambitious target and try to achieve that than simply trot along for the next 10 to 15 years and think look we got plenty of time”.
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Full text is here.
Excerpt:

Carlisle City Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, both as an organisation and as the Local Planning Authority and resolves to go further than the UK100 Agreement and to act in line with the scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions to net zero by 2030, and therefore commits to:

Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.

Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030

Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.

Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the Carlisle district Zero Carbon within the same timescale;

Achieve 100% clean energy across Carlisle City Council’s full range of functions by 2030

Convene a citizens assembly in 2019 to oversee and feed into the development of related action plans and budgets

5 March 2019, Bedford Borough Council, England, UK, population 169,900

Passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency and committed to identifying actions needed to achieve a 2030 carbon neutrality target.
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Motion details are here.

Excerpt:

That the Executive consider, and if satisfied, agree to:
– Commit to continuing our drive for greater efficiency and sustainability at the council as exemplified by the wide array of actions the council has taken and continues to take.
– Recognise the whole Council’s responsibility to tackle climate change
– Consider actions available for Bedford Borough Council to reach carbon neutral status by 2030
– Declare a Climate Emergency
– Pledge to work with other councils and encourage them to also declare a Climate Emergency
– Work with local MPs to call on the UK parliament to provide Bedford Borough Council (BBC) and other councils with the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible

5 March 2019, Bradford on Avon Town Council, England, UK, population 9,402

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030.
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Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make Bradford on Avon carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both productions and consumption emissions (scope 1,2 and 3’s);
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limited global warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the town and region todeliver this new goal through all relevant strategies andplans;
6. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Chairman of the Town Council, together with the Community will take to address this emergency.
Proposed by Cllr Kay seconded by Cllr McNeill-Ritchie and with all in favour RESOLVED: to support the motion

7 March 2019, Gwynedd Council, Wales, UK, population 123,600

This county council declared a Climate Emergency.
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Full motion text is Item 16c here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore resolves to:
Do our utmost to ensure that the county remains a vibrant, viable and sustainable home for our children and their children for generations to come. We will do this by:

· Declaring a Climate emergency

· Commit to taking decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and strive for a zero-carbon future.

· Look for innovative means to achieve zero carbon targets

· Report back within 6 months on positive steps the Council have taken to reduce carbon emissions.

7 March 2019, Rushcliffe Borough Council, England, UK, population 114,474

Declaration by yet another conservative-controlled council.
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Agenda is here.

In the light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, declaring a climate emergency, Rushcliffe Borough Council will evaluate the implications of the report and review its 2010 Carbon Management Plan. The review should be undertaken by a relevant scrutiny group, and their findings shall be considered by the Cabinet by no later than March 2020. This Council calls upon the designated scrutiny group to consider the Council setting a carbon neutral target to be achieved by 2030. The commitment to review and implement a refreshed target should also be integrated into the Council’s commitment and leadership to parish councils, business and strategic partners, to deliver widespread carbon reductions across the borough. Rushcliffe Borough Council will continue to call on the Government to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier.

Councillor S Mallender

7 March 2019, Bideford Town Council, England, UK, population 17,107

Motion to declare a Climate Emergency and become carbon neutral by 2030 passed with just one abstention.

8 March 2019, Herefordshire Council, England, UK, population 191,000

Declaration by yet another conservative-controlled council.
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Agenda is here.
Excerpt:

That this Council resolves to declare its recognition of the climate emergency and calls on the executive to:
a)Commit to an accelerated reduction of its own carbon emissions, with the aspirations to be carbon neutral by 2030; and to change its energy supply to 100% renewable source;
b)Produce a successor to the current Carbon Management Plan (2019-2023) within the early months of the new council;
c)Work with partners to produce an action plan, covering all relevant council strategies, and to submit this plan via Scrutiny to Cabinet by the end of 2019;
d)Call upon our ‘Re-Energise’ partners to match or better the council’s commitment; to publicise their response and to lead on working with the public to promote and encourage carbon reduction in all aspects of the county’s life; and
e)Provide the necessary resource for officers to deliver on the council’s carbon reduction commitments, and to monitor and report annually on the county position.

12 March 2019, Buckfastleigh Town Council, England, UK, population 3,326

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target.
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Motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Council thus:
1.Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2.Pledge to do whatever is in our power to make the town of Buckfastleigh carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1,2,3);
3.As a first step, we will initiate and support a Buckfastleigh working group/citizens assembly to investigate possible local responses and make recommendations for actions to council.
4.Call on Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and Westminster to provide the powers andresources to make the 2030 target possible and to appoint Citizens assemblies to develop the policies to deliver this target;
5.Work with other local authorities, neighbouring local councils (Totnes for example), appropriate government departments (both within the UK and internationally) and other organisations to determine, implement and deliver best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels;
6.Will place this issue on Council Committee agendas to agree strategies and action plans and regularly review progress.
7.Will, within six months and at regular intervals thereafter, consider and take action on recommendations to address this emergency.

12 March 2019, Watlington Parish Council, England, UK, population 2,727

A motion proposed by Councillor Terry Jackson was supported by the full council. The council may review its energy providers with a view to switching to renewable sources or tariffs, plant more trees and promote energy efficiency and local food.
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Minutes are here.
The motion:

Declaration of a Climate Emergency RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL:
That Council to agree to:
a) Join Councils, such as Bristol, Brighton and Oxford, in declaring a Climate Emergency; Call on Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier;
b) Work with other local authority organisations such as OALC (Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils) and appropriate government departments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
c) Recommend to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council could take to address this emergency.
A vote was then taken on a-c – 6 in favour, 1 against- CARRIED

12 March 2019, Ashburton Town Council, England, UK, population 4,170

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2050 carbon neutral target date.
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Full minutes are here
Excerpt:

Ashburton Town Council:
1. Declares a climate emergency
2. Ashburton Town Council pledges to work with the local community, business, schools and the district council, Dartmoor National Park and county council with the intention to make Ashburton and Devon Carbon Neutral by 2050 following recommendations from Devon County Council and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] 3. Work with other local authorities, organisations and all appropriate government departments, agencies and including the NHS and HGO’s to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than one and half degrees Celsius.
4. Place this issue on council committee agendas to agree strategies and action plans. This will need to reaffirmed after the election on 2nd May 2019.
5. This Council urges all purchasing authorities in addition to best value criteria to add extra value to sourcing locally to reduce CO2 emissions etc caused by travel mileage.

13 March 2019, Newport Town Council, Wales, UK, population 151,500

Recognised that we face a climate emergency, and resolved that council will take steps to raise awareness in Newport, and will mitigate its own environmental impact.
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Minutes of meeting are here.

Members RESOLVED that Newport Town Council recognises that we face a climate emergency, and that this council will take steps to raise awareness in Newport, and will endeavour to mitigate its own environmental impact.

14 March 2019, Bath & North East Somerset Council, England, UK, population 188,678

Joint motion from Councillor Rob Appleyard (Liberal Democrat) and Councillor Mark Shelford
(Conservative) after council received a petition with 2,100 signatures.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, this Council resolves to;
Declare a Climate Emergency;
Pledge to provide the leadership to enable Bath & North East Somerset to become carbon
neutral by 2030;
Sign up to the UK100 Pledge to provide the strategic community leadership needed to enable
our communities to achieve 100% clean energy across all sectors in Bath & North East Somerset by 2030, as a logical step from the B&NES Environmental Sustainability Vision Motion passed unanimously by Council in July 2018, and as a way to enable carbon neutrality by 2030;


14 March 2019, Bridgwater Town Council, England, UK, population 41,276

Unanimously passed a motion to recognise the scale of the emergency, produce a strategy to deal with it on a local level and to work with partners to face the challenge.

18 March 2019, Plymouth City Council, England, UK, population 234,982

Unanimously passed with cross-party support. The preamble includes, “It is a powerful call to action that engages the entire community; it’s not just about the practical actions that a Council might take.”
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

The City Council resolves to:
(1) Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
(2) Pledge to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030, and commit to working with other councils with similar ambitions
(3) Request the Leader to write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible; and commit to working with other councils with similar ambitions
(4) Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C
(5) Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans
(6) Report to Full Council within six months with a climate emergency action plan and new corporate carbon reduction plan
(7) Request the Leader to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting Government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

18 March 2019, Haringey Borough Council, England, UK, population 271,224

A borough of London. Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full motion is here.
The resolution:

Therefore the full Council agrees to:

Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;

Together as a community and with wider stakeholders, collectively work towards making Haringey carbon neutral by 2030, delivering impact on both production and consumption emissions;

Call on Westminster Government and the GLA family to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;

Continue to work with partners across London and regions to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;

Continue to work with partners across the borough and beyond to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;

Report back to Full Council by the end of the year, with a date for the borough to become zero carbon as soon as possible.

19 March 2019, Portsmouth City Council, England, UK, population 205,100

Motion by Labour Councillors passed with cross-party support.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Portsmouth City council will ask the Cabinet to:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ then ask partners to sign up including local business, schools and community groups.
Pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the Portsmouth by 2030, considering, both production and consumption of emissions according to the Standard provided by the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol6.
Require the Leader of the Council to report back to the Council within six months with an action plan, detailing how the Council will work with partners across the City and with central government to ensure that Portsmouth’s net carbon emissions (Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions as defined by the GHG Protocol) are reduced to zero by 2030.
Provide an annual report on Portsmouth GHG emissions, what is working and what is more challenging and progress towards achieving net zero-carbon emissions.
Require the Chief Executive to establish a ‘Portsmouth Climate Change Board’ before the end of July 2019, equivalent to that of Manchester, to underpin our efforts to decarbonise Portsmouth.
Write to the government requesting (a) additional powers and funding to make the 2030 target possible and (b) that ministers work with local government and other governments to ensure that the UK maximizes carbon reduction by 2030 in line with the overriding need to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C.
Develop and implement a community engagement plan to i) fully inform residents about the need for urgent action on climate change ii) offer a vision of a healthier, more child friendly and greener city that is a model of best practice iii) mobilise residents in the delivery of the action plan

20 March 2019, Tower Hamlets Council, England, UK, population 308,000

A London Borough council. Council passed a motion to declare a Climate Emergency and to become carbon neutral by 2025.
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The motion is here.

We the undersigned petition the council to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to become carbon neutral as a borough by 2025. We call on the council to put in place a revised action plan to meet this 2025 target, with specific commitments, including:
1. Urgently tackle the air pollution crisis caused by burning fossil fuels in Tower Hamlets, which means that children in Tower Hamlets today are growing up with “stunted lungs” and seriously threatened health:
• Rapid implementation of traffic free “School Streets” for all at-risk schools
• An electric-only bus fleet on all TfL bus routes through Tower Hamlets
• Reduce traffic on routes and junctions that are major sources of illegal pollution levels
• Widespread electric vehicle charging points on residential streets
2. Divest: immediately divest all Council funds from fossil fuels.
3.Reduce waste going to landfill: including food waste and disposable nappies
4. Improve energy efficiency and access to affordable green energy for local businesses and residents

21 March 2019, York City Council, England, UK, population 208,200

Councillors voted almost unanimously in favour of declaring a climate emergency and to make York carbon neutral by 2030.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Council calls on the Executive to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’.
2. Commit to a target of making York carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumptionemissions (scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol).
3. Request a report within six months setting out the immediate actions the Council will take to address this emergency and a plan to measure annual city-wide progress towards meeting the 2030 target.
4. Work with partners across the city and across the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans and drawing on local and global best practice.
5. Actively lobby the Government to provide the additional powers and resources needed to meet the 2030 target.

21 March 2019, Suffolk County Council, England, UK, population 757,000

Passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency and setting a carbon neutral target date of 2030, with 60 in favour, 1 against, and 1 abstaining.
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21 March 2019, Hull City Council, England, UK, population 319,883

Unanimously passed a motion to declare a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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The original motion here was amended to add in the part declaring a Climate Emergency. We’ll post the minutes here when they are available.

21 March 2019, Helston Town Council, England, UK, population 11,178

Unanimously passed Mayor John Martin’s motion to declare a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Minutes of meeting are here.
Excerpt:

RESOLVED –that Helston Town Council:
a) Declare a climate emergency;
b) Pledge to work towards making Helston carbon neutral by 2030;
c) Work with Cornwall Council to assist them with their declaration to make Cornwall carbon neutral by 2030;
d) Act as a voice for the community to lobby for action on climate change, raise the profile and share lessons with higher levels of government;
e) Continue to work with the community of Helston and its surrounding parishes to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans; and
f) As a member of the Helston Climate Action Group, assist with the preparation of an Action Plan within six months to address this emergency.

25 March 2019, Shrewsbury Town Council, England, UK, population 71,715

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full agenda is here.
Excerpt:

We therefore resolve that Shrewsbury Town Council:-

1) Supports the Declaration of a Climate Emergency

2) Pledges to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030

3) Calls on Westminster to provide powers and resources to make this possible

4) Signs up to the Covenant of Mayors

5) Requests that the Finance and General Purposes Committee develops a detailed Action Plan in pursuit of the above objectives and reports back within 6 months.

25 March 2019, Leominster Town Council, England, UK, population 11,691

Link to the climate emergency declaration agenda item is here. (Minutes not published yet.)
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Excerpt:

That this Council resolves to declare its recognition of the climate emergency and agrees to:
a) Support Herefordshire Council in its work to reduce emissions in our area;
b) Commit to an accelerated reduction of its own carbon emissions, with the aspirations to be carbon neutral by 2030; and to change its energy supply to 100% renewable source;
c) Work with partners to produce a Carbon reduction plan, and an action plan;
d) Focus on issues such as active travel, public and community transport, recycling, management of our open spaces to protect and enhance biodiversity, and others where we have a positive role to play;
e) work with our community to enable them to take all possible measures to match or better our efforts.

25 March 2019, Otley Town Council, England, UK, population 13,668

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date.
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[motion text via message from Otley 2030 group]

Resolution: Declaration of a Climate Emergency and Commitment to Action to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030 through an Otley Carbon Neutral 2030 Plan

Policy and Resources Committee notes:
1. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm). This far exceeds the 350ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity;
2. In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible;1
3. Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to make significant change to legislation, taxation, education and infrastructure to make low carbon living easier and the new standard;
4. Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption;
5. Otley Town Council has already shown foresight when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Breakdown, having initiated various projects that reduce carbon emissions through reduction of waste resources and increasing energy efficiency such as the Otley Energy Savers project, launch of Refill Otley and MyOtleyCup reuse schemes as well as projects to promote cycling and walking such as Safer Cycling Routes and the Wharfedale Greenway project;
6. Unfortunately, our current plans and actions are not enough. The world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050;2, 3
7. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in the autumn of 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise, and told us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and subnational authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities3 ;
8. Local authorities around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency.

Policy and Resources Committee believes that:
1. All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of Climate Breakdown, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies. It is important for the residents of Otley and the UK that local authorities commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible;
2. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority; and,
3. Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities (as well as improved well-being for people worldwide).

Policy and Resources Committee resolves to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to do everything within the Town Council’s power to make Otley carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Continue to work with partners across the town and Leeds City Council to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans, noting that Leeds City Council also plans to declare a Climate Emergency in the very near future.

Proposer: Cllr Ray Georgeson
Seconder: Cllr Mick Bradley

25 March 2019, Holme Valley Parish Council, England, UK, population 34,680

Passed a motion to declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY and publicise this to the people of the Holme Valley to raise awareness and support the public in taking action.
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Excerpt from the above link:

The motion approved included the following actions:
✓ Declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY and publicise this to the people of the Holme Valley to raise awareness and support the public in taking action.
✓ Prepare an Action Plan within 6 months on the actions the Holme Valley Parish Council will take to address this emergency.
✓ Pledge to make the Holme Valley Parish carbon-neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions
✓ Call on Kirklees Council and central government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
✓ Commit to continue working with community partners across the Holme Valley to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
The Council committed to setting up a working group of councillors and representatives from the community to work on turning this important declaration into clear positive steps for our valley.

26 March 2019, Birchwood Town Council, England, UK, population 12,325

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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MOTION: This council declares a climate emergency and will become carbon neutral in its own activities by 2030. We will set up a working group to report back to council by 1st October 2019 with an action plan to achieve this and will work in cooperation with the community and relevant organisations both in Birchwood and the wider community to look at ways to make the Town of Birchwood carbon neutral as soon as possible. – proposed by Cllr D. Ellis

26 March 2019, Llanidloes Town Council, Wales, UK, population 2,929

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030. (Text of motion available soon here.)

27 March 2019, Leeds City Council, England, UK, population 784,800

Declared a Climate Emergency with a large majority and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date.
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore resolves to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’.

2. Sign up to a science based carbon reduction target that is consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement of no more than 1.5°C global temperature increase.

3. Work to make Leeds Carbon neutral by 2030 and call on central government to provide the funding and powers to make this possible.

4. Work with other organisations and governments within the UK and internationally to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.

5. Bring a report to April Executive Board setting out how we can work with the Leeds Climate Commission to run a conversation with residents, Trade Unions, public sector organisations, businesses and the third sector on developing a plan with the actions and milestones required to reach this target, and report the outcome to Executive Board by the end of 2019.

27 March 2019, Southwark Council, England, UK, population 314,232

Southwark Council voted to call on Cabinet to declare a Climate Emergency and bring their carbon neutral target date forward to 2030.
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Council assembly resolves to call on cabinet to:
a.Declare a Climate Emergency and do all it can to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030.
b.Develop a strategy, working with local stakeholders, to ensure that the council becomes carbon neutral at a much more rapid pace than currently envisaged. This Carbon Reduction Strategy should aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 if feasible. This strategy should be clear in its targets and resources required. It should also be developed in a way that is sufficiently flexible to make best use of new carbon reduction technologies as theydevelop.
c.Call on other London boroughs to also work towards carbon neutrality by 2030.
d.Lobby government to provide the power and resources to the Mayor of London and local authorities to accelerate the pace of carbon reduction.
e.Lobby the government to take radical steps to divest away from fossil fuels, invest in new technologies to make innovative approaches such as carbonsequestering possible, and reduce the UK’s reliance on greenhouse gases.

27 March 2019, St Helier Parish, Jersey, population 33,500

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2025-2030.
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The draft minutes are here.

The final wording of the proposition read as follows;
to agree, as proposed by Deputy Ward of St Helier, that the Parish of St Helier should declare a climate change emergency, and aim to be carbon-neutral by 2025-2030, and that the Constable be requested to draw up a plan to achieve this for presentation to the Parish Assembly by the end of 2019, and to endorse the proposition of Deputy Ward and to request the Constable to advise the Parish Deputies and Senators of the decision of the Assembly.

28 March 2019, Cardiff City and County Council, Wales, UK, population 362,800

Declared a Climate Emergency: Yes – 42, No – 0, Abstain – 12.
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Full text of the motion is Item 15 here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore resolves to:

1. join with other councils across the UK in declaring a global ‘climate emergency’ in response to the findings of the IPCC report.

2. support the implementation of the Welsh Government’s new Low Carbon Delivery Plan, as well as a range of measures to further reduce carbon emissions from the Council’s own operations, to help achieve the Welsh Government’s ambition for the public sector in Wales to be carbon neutral by 2030.

3. make representations to the Welsh and UK Governments, as appropriate, to provide the necessary powers, resources and technical support to local authorities in Wales to help them successfully meet the 2030 target.

4. continue to work with partners across the city and region to develop and implement best practice methods that can deliver carbon reductions and help limit global warming.

28 March 2019, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, England, UK, population 136,005

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full text of the motion is on Page 2-3 here.
Excerpt:

This Council resolves to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to take action with a view to making the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
3. Call on the national Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other Governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the Borough, region and neighbouring authorities to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans; and,
6. Report to the Borough Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to play its part in addressing this emergency.

1 April 2019, Kendal Town Council, England, UK, population 28,586

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date.
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Full text of the motion is here.
Excerpt:

Recommendations
1. That Kendal Town Council declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
2. Pledge to make Kendal carbon neutral by 2030;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Seek match funding for and commission a Citizen’s Jury to provide insights from residents on how to reach net-zero by 2030; with the outcomes of the Jury forming the basis of a detailed action plan;
5. The town council’s Carbon Neutral sub-group are to report back in six months with an update on the actions being taken to address this emergency.

2 April 2019, Oxfordshire County Council, England, UK, population 682,400

Unanimously passed a Labour Councillor motion declaring a Climate Emergency and setting a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full agenda is here.
Excerpt:

Oxfordshire County Council calls on the Leader to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;

2. Pledge to make Oxfordshire County Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

4. Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;

5. Report to Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

2 April 2019, Ealing (London Borough) Council, England, UK, population 342,736

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full minutes are at Item 13 here.
Excerpt:

In light of the above, the Council therefore agrees to:
1. Join other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency;
2. Call on the UK Government to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier (as set out in 3 and 5 below);
3. Aim to make Ealing carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
4. In light of 3. above, request Overview and Scrutiny Committee to urgently review and make recommendations on revisions to the Council’s 2013-2018 Energy Strategy in light of the recent IPCC report and the latest Ealing data in order to achieve the revised target;
5. Continue to work with partners across London to deliver widespread carbon reductions.

2 April 2019, Cardigan Town Council, Wales, UK, population 4,184

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and resolve to also encourage the county council to reduce carbon emissions.

3 April 2019, Newcastle City Council, England, UK, population 295,800

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Council calls on Cabinet to:

· Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

· Update the 2010 Newcastle Declaration on Climate Change by pledging to make Newcastle upon Tyne carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

· Call on Westminster to provide powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

· Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;

· Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;

· End Council and TWPF investment in fossil fuels within three years

· Report to Council within six months the actions the Cabinet will take to address this emergency.

5 April 2019, West Sussex County Council, England, UK, population 852,353

This Conservative dominated council unanimously passed a motion noting the Climate Emergency and committing to a 2030 carbon neutral target date.
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The full original motion is here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore calls on the Cabinet to:

(1) Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’; [was amended to sya ‘notes’ rather than ‘declare’]

(2) Pledge to attempt to make West Sussex carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

(3) Call on the Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

(4) Work with other councils to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;

(5) Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;

(6) Set up a Task and Finish Group to look into the matter in greater detail;

(7) Consider whether it would be advisable to take into account climate change impacts, when considering planning applications, or taking part in consultations, commenting on reports, plans and reviews put to the Council; and

(8) Report to full Council within six months with the actions the Cabinet and Council will take to address this emergency.

9 April 2019, Rattery Parish Council, England, UK, population 2,321

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date.
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Full text of motion is here.
Excerpt:

Rattery Parish Council thus:

Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’;
Aims to encourage and support the community of Rattery to become carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2, 3 (v));
Calls on Westminster, Devon County Council and South Hams District Council to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
Calls on Westminster to appoint Citizens Assemblies to develop the policies to deliver this target;
Agrees it will work with other local authority organisations such as neighbouring town and parish Councils, DALC (Devon Association of Local Councils) and appropriate government departments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels;
Agrees it will continue to work with partners across the district, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
Agrees it will place this issue on Parish Council agendas to agree strategies and action plans;
Agrees it will report the actions the Council will take to address this emergency within six months.

10 April 2019, Maidstone Borough Council, England, UK, population 167,700

Successful Labour motion to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and to set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Further to this, Council:

(1) Declares its recognition of global climate and biodiversity emergencies;

(2) Requests the Policy & Resources Committee to:

undertake a short review of MBC governance policies and progress aimed at addressing locally these twin threats and to report on findings;
consider a target date of 2030 for the whole of the Borough of Maidstone to be carbon neutral;
consider how the Council can strengthen local protection and enhancement of species, habitats and ecosystems services under available powers;

(3) Requests the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

11 April 2019, Isles of Scilly Council, England, UK, population 2,300

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency in response to demands of School Strikers.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Proposed recommendations:
1.That Members thank the petitioners for the School Strike for Climate petition, and seek
future endorsement for the four ‘demands’ to Government, as set out in paragraph 5 of this report.
2. That the Council of the Isles of Scilly declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, in line with many local councils in the UK. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that there are just 12 years to keep global temperature rise to 1.5C. The Council will support this call to action.

15 April 2019, Newham (London Borough) Council, England, UK, population 348,000

Declared a Climate and Health Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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The full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Full Council calls on the Mayor to:
1.Declare a ‘climate and health emergency’;
2.Pledge to make the London Borough of Newham carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon zero by 2050, taking into account production and emissions
3.Call on and work with other London Boroughs to pool powerand resources together to make 2030 target possible
4.Call on Westminster to provide power and resources to make 2030 target possible
5.Work with other governments (both within the U.K. and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.
6.To commit to a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost.

18 April 2019, Preston City Council, England, UK, population 141,300

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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The full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Preston City Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, both as an organisation and as the Local Planning Authority and resolves to go further than the UK100 Agreement and to act in line with the scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions to net zero by 2030, and therefore commits to:

Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.

Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.

Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with ashift to zero carbon by 2030.

Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the Prestondistrict Zero Carbon within the same timescale.

Achieve 100% clean energy across PrestonCity Council’s full range of functions by 2030.

Convene an assembly of interested groups not directly represented on Council in 2019 to oversee and feed into the development of related action plans and budgetsacross the City.

18 April 2019, Teignbridge District Council, England, UK, population 131,437

The council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency, do what they can to make the council carbon neutral by 2025, call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary, investigate all sources of external and match funding to support the commitment, and to report back within six months with an action plan outlining how the council will address the emergency.
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The full motion is Item 7a here, but note that the motion was amended to set a carbon neutral target date of 2025 rather than 2030 before the motion was passed unanimously.
Excerpt:

Teignbridge District Council will,

1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’

2. Pledge to do what is within our powers, to make Teignbridge District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary for Teignbridge District to achieve the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and to implement best practice methods to limit global warming to 1.5C.

4. Report to Full Council within six months with an Action Plan, outlining how the Council will address this emergency. The Action Plan will detail the leadership role Teignbridge District will take in promoting community, public, business and other Council partnerships to achieve this Carbon Neutral 2030 Commitment throughout the District. The Action Plan will also outline adequate staff time and resources to undertake the actions to achieve the target.

5. To investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment

24 April 2019, North Norfolk District Council, England, UK, population 104,067

Declared a Climate Emergency.
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, this Council resolves to;
1.Declare a Climate Emergency;
2.Engage and work in partnership with our partners in the public, private and community sectors,including central government to facilitate boldaction to ensure North Norfolk is able to play its role in helping the UK to deliver against the commitments made nationally and internationally at the 2015 Paris Summit;
3.Prepare an Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy in line with this pledge, and, with our partners across the community, to develop an action plan and ‘routemap’ to a sustainable, low carbon future for our community;
4.Launch engagement with the public to:
– Improve “carbon literacy” of all citizens;
– Encourage and support leadership on this issue in all sectors of society;
– Obtain meaningful public input into the North Norfolk Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy and action planning;
– Facilitate wide community engagement and behavioural change

25 April 2019, Medway Council, England, UK, population 277,600

Declared a Climate Emergency in response to local school strikers.
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Full minutes are Item 14D here.
Extract:

This Council therefore:
· Declares a climate emergency;
· Notes that current targets are inadequate to respond to the challenge of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5c.

This Council requests that:
· Cabinet establish a Medway Climate Change Working Group to respond to this challenge, which meets in public and includes representation from all party groups, in order to create a clear action plan for Medway;
· Cabinet set more ambitious targets for Medway to become carbon neutral;
· The Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

25 April 2019, Waltham Forest Council, England, UK, population 277,600

This London Borough council declared a Climate Emergency after pressure from Extincion Rebellion campainers.
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Minutes of the meeting are here.
Extract:

This Council declares:

The findings of the October 2018 IPCC report show that we now face a ‘climate emergency’, and that urgent action is required to restrict global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C.

To join with other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency.

Call on the UK Government to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier

A new Climate Change Strategy will be launched in July that will set out immediate actions to ensure that we maintain our current pace in reducing carbon emissions and more.

But we acknowledge that more needs to be done. Tackling climate change can only be a common endeavour; it is not something that we as a council can do alone, we also need residents, businesses and other organisations to share this agenda.

We will launch a Climate Change Commission to help shape our local response to this global challenge and to produce a set of policy ‘asks’ for our regional and national politicians. If we are serious about reducing our shared impact on the planet we will all need to work together and act in a way that has not been seen so far.

29 April 2019, Welsh Parliament, UK, population 3,125,000

Assembly members voted to declare a “climate emergency”on 1 May 2019, with 38 Assembly Members in favour, versus two against, and with 12 abstentions.

3 May 2019, Gibralter Parliament, population 34,571

Parliament unanimously declared a Climate Emergency

9 May 2019, Highland Council, Scotland, UK, population 235,180

The original motion did not include a declaration, but according to this article, council voted in favour of an amendment which included declaring a Climate Emergency and setting a 2025 carbon neutral target date.

9 May 2019, Pembrokeshire County Council, Wales, UK, population 124,700

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, Pembrokeshire County Council resolves to:
1. Declare a Climate Emergency;
2. Commit to making Pembrokeshire County Council a net zero carbon local authority by 2030;
3. Develop a clear plan for a route towards being net zero carbon within 12 months which is then reported back to council;
4. Call on Welsh and UK Governments to provide the necessary support and resources to enable effective carbon reductions;
5. Work with the Public Services Board and Swansea Bay City Deal partners to develop exciting opportunities to deliver carbon saving;
6. Collaborate with experts from the private sector and 3rd sectors to develop innovative solutions to becoming net zero carbon.
Councillor Joshua Beynon

14 May 2019, Belper Town Council, England, UK, population 21,822

Declared a Climate Emergency and is encouraging the county council to do likewise.

15 May 2019, Leicestershire County Council, England, UK, population 1,043,800

Declared a Climate Emergency, and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for its own operations.
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Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:

That this Council declares a climate emergency and will aim to achieve carbon neutrality from its own operations by 2030 and accordingly requests officers to undertake a review of the aspects of the Environment Strategy 2018-30 necessary to achieve this aspiration together with an assessment of the cost and technology implications of so doing to enable the Cabinet and Council to take an informed decision on revising the ambitions of the Environment Strategy recognising that this will require the reallocation ofresources by the Council.

16 May 2019, Shropshire Council, England, UK, population 493,200

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full agenda item is here.

The text of the successful motion is in the image at left.

16 May 2019, Glasgow City Council, Scotland, UK, population 621,020

Declared a Climate Emergency just days after the council announced their bid to become the first net-zero emissions city in the UK.
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Agenda (Item 9a) is here.

By Councillor Anna Richardson:-

“Council records its full support for the decision of the First Minister to declare that there is a climate emergency. Council notes and endorses the First Minister’s commitment to heed the science underpinning the declaration of a climate emergency, in particular the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose work is critical to understanding the drivers of climate change, its impacts, and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.

Council welcomes the recent report by the UK Committee on Climate Change recommending a new target for the UK to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and a net-zero emissions date for Scotland of 2045. Council further notes the committee’s recommendation of new interim targets for Scotland of a 70% reduction by 2030 and 90% reduction, equivalent to carbon neutral, by 2040.

Cities must show leadership on climate change, and Council welcomes the progress already made in reducing Glasgow’s carbon emissions, in particular that the city has already met and exceeded its carbon reduction target for the year 2020. Council notes that the city has achieved this through a wide-ranging set of actions, not only by the Council, but also by the citizens of the city, and other stakeholders, in key areas such as transport, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Council understands that climate change is not just an environmental challenge, but is also a social justice issue, and that decisive and inclusive action now is essential to minimise the disproportionate impacts that climate change will have on our most vulnerable communities.

Council notes that the Strategic Plan approved by the Council in November 2017 sets a carbon neutral target for the city of 2037. Council welcomes the decision of the Environment, Sustainability, and Carbon Reduction City Policy Committee to establish a Climate Emergency Working Group, with all-party membership and representation from citizen activist groups, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

Council resolves to declare a climate emergency and looks forward to receiving the report and recommendations of the Climate Emergency Working Group after the summer recess, recognises that these are likely to be radical and challenging for both the Council and the wider city, and commits to using these recommendations as the basis for delivering the decarbonisation of the city in response to this climate emergency.”

16 May 2019, Dorset Council, England, UK, population 424,667

Declared a Climate Emergency at the first meeting of the newly formed council, with 69 in favour, 2 against, and 6 abstaining. [No minutes yet]

16 May 2019, Monmouthshire Council, Wales, UK, population 92,800

Declared a Climate Emergency and will strive for carbon neutrality by 2030.
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No minutes of the emended motion yet, but Agenda (Item 9a) is here.