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”.

[No minutes available yet]

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.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
15 July 2019: Making good progress on LED street light conversion scheme
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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.

4. 17 June 2019: Council is attempting to engage everyone in their community by asking residents to pledge to some or all of 10 suggested actions.

5. 17 July 2019: Plans for massively increased forest cover

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.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
New 2030 Carbon Neutral Target and Climate Crisis Citizens Assembly Announced As City Comes Together To Tackle The Climate Emergency
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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.

18 February 2019, Wirksworth Town Council, England, UK, population 5,038

Declared a Climate Emergency. Minutes of the meeting are here.

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.

25 February 2019, Saint Just-in-Penwith Town Council, England, UK, population 4690

Declared a Climate Emergency
PROGRESS SO FAR:
24 June 2019: called on the entire town to help
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The minutes (TC278) are here.

Sue James suggested St Just Town Council joins other councils in declaring a climate emergency. Further, the Council also commits to the following:
1.When it owns buildings, following devolution, it will look at how to reduce energy and water consumption and consider carefully where itbuys its energy,consistent with this declaration;
2.Over the remainder of this administration, as opportunities arise, it will review policies, procedures and contracts to minimise the council’s impact on the local environment and the planet;
3.Engage with residents and others to learn and strive to reduce our carbon footprint, including considering the LGA guide to Councillors.
RESOLVED: That theTown Council joins other councils in declaring a climate emergency and agrees to the three commitments shown above.

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.

13 March 2019, Dartington Parish Council, England, UK, population 876

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Declaration text is here.
Excerpt:

Dartington Parish Council thus:
1.Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2.Aims to encourage and support the community of Dartington to become carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1,2,3*);
3.Calls on Westminster, Devon County Council and South Hams District Council to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4.Calls on Westminster to appoint Citizens assemblies to develop the policies to deliver this target;
5.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 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels;
6.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;
7.Agrees it will place this issue on Parish Council agendas to agree strategies and action plans;
8.Agrees it will report the actions the Council will take to address this emergencywithin six months.

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.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
May 2019, the new council created a cabinet portfolio specifically for Climate Emergency, and every council decision will now be assessed for how it delivers our climate commitments.
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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. The amended motion is Item 129 here.
Excerpt:

Council joins London, Bristol, Manchester and other UK local authorities in declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’.
Council believes that all levels of government havea duty to limit the impacts of Climate Breakdown, and local Councils should not wait for Government to change their policies. It is important for the residents of Hull and the UK that cities commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.
Cities are uniquely placed to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions, as they are in many ways easier to decarbonise than rural areas and bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities.
Council resolves to do everything within the Council’s power to make Hull carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
Council commits to continuing to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goalthrough all relevant strategies and plans.
Council also resolves to call on the Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible, to work with other Governments to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C and to continue to work with partners across the City and region to deliver this new goalthrough all relevant strategies and plans.
Council requests a report back to Full Council within six months on the actions that will be taken to address and action this resolution.

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.

27 March 2019, Sunderland City Council, England, UK, population 174,286

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full minutes Item 52 are here.

RESOLVED that:-
In recognition of the threat posed to our environment by climate change Sunderland City Council will declare a climate emergency. Numerous local authorities around the country have declared climate emergency and it is important for the council to show it takes the issue seriously. Recent weather and changes in ecosystems show that we are already seeing changes as a result of climate change so it is important to join other councils in giving the issue suitable attention and clearly setting out how we will meet our targets on cutting emissions. The Council will furthermore lobby the Government to reinstate vital climate change policies such as:-
• Reinstatement of a publicly owned Green Investment Bank;
• Reinstatement of all green energy subsidies such as onshore wind turbine and biomass conversion;
• Reinstatement of the Green Homes scheme;
• Strengthen incentives to buy low or zero emissions vehicles;
• Reinstatement of the Zero Carbon Homes Plan;
• Introduce a Carbon emissions reduction target that is ambitious

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.

3 April 2019, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, England, UK, population 129,000

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbo neutral target date for the borough
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Minutes of meeting (Item 11) are here.
Extract:

This council resolves:
To acknowledge that there is a climate emergency and that as an authority we can play a part in trying to address it.
To aim to make Newcastle under Lyme a carbon-neutral borough by 2030.
To establish and support a climate change action group that is chaired by an individual from outside of the borough council and is comprised of representatives of all parties on the council, council officers, representatives of local employers, local education establishments, partner organisations, local community groups, faithgroups, local environmental groups, trade unions and other representatives of local civil society to encourage and coordinate the drive towards a carbon-neutral borough.
To require the cabinet and senior officers to collaborate with this action group, to examine what more can be done by the borough council to deliver a carbon-neutral borough, and for cabinet to work with the action group to produce and publish a plan setting out how the council, through its policies, practices and actions will help to deliver a carbon-neutral borough by 2030.
To require that cabinet, as part of the regular performance review process routinely review progress against this plan and if necessary take action to expedite progress towards the carbon-neutral goal.

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.

9 April 2019, St Ive Parish Council, England, UK, population 4,246

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council notice is here.

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.

11 April 2019, South Oxfordshire District Council, England, UK, population 139,767

Declared a Climate Emergency on 11 April 2019, and on 16 May at first meeting of the new council appointed a cabinet member for climate emergency.
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Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore agrees to:
1. Join other councils in declaring a Climate Emergency.
2. Ask the leader to write to the Secretary of State to seek confirmation of the Government’s intention to work with local government on climate change strategies.
3. Ask that as officers, as per the council’s policies, are currently reviewing policy and strategies, that specific consideration be 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. As far as possible, the reporting templates for Council, Cabinet and committees to be amended to include an ‘Environmental Impact’ section.
4.Ask officers to provide the cost and availability of the most appropriate training options for members and officers about how to promote carbon neutral policies for future consideration by Cabinet.
5. Request the Cabinet member for environment to bring to council a report on the activities of the Oxfordshire Environmental Partnership, of which South Oxfordshire is a member.
6. Continue the positive collaborative work with partners across the district, county and wider region to deliver widespread carbon reductions.

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.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
5 June 2019: Steps being taken by Natural Resources Wales in response to the Welsh Parliament CED
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Over the coming months NRW will review its targets and ambitions for both decarbonisation as well as adaptation to the impacts of climate change across NRW’s remit.

Specifically, NRW’s Board has committed to the following steps.

– Improving the management of forests and peatlands so that they store more carbon;
– Being more energy efficient and generating renewable energy where possible at offices;
– Rapidly increase use of electric vehicles;
– Exploring more opportunities to generate renewable energy on NRW managed land;
– Giving more consideration to the use of carbon in everything purchased;
– Sharing NRW’s experience of managing carbon emissions with other public-sector bodies to help bring about a greener public sector.
– Factoring in the inevitable global warming in all that we do and helping Wales adapt to the changes ahead.

3 May 2019, Gibraltar 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

13 May 2019, Pennard Community Council, Wales, UK, population 2,688

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council’s press release is here.
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Motion text:

Pennard Community Council will:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
Launch an inclusive consultation to develop an action plan over the next 6 months to:
• make Pennard 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;
Raise awareness throughout Pennard by forming a working party from within the community.
Call on Swansea County Council to join us in declaring a Climate Emergency working toward a carbon neutral future.
Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible.
Work with other local areas, particularly the community councils and other partners in the Gower Biosphere;
Report within six months with the actions the Community can take to address this emergency, for example increasing the energy efficiency of the Community Hall.
Discuss with Renew Wales how they might support this process.

13 May 2019, Bishopsteignton Parish Council, England, UK, population 2,570

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency. Minutes of Item 2272 are here.

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

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

14 May 2019, Orkney Islands Council, Scotland, UK, population 22,100

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date. Council’s press release is here.

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.

15 May 2019, Gloucestershire County Council, England, UK, population 907,200

Welcomed and endorsed a Climate Emergency Declaration for the UK, which a council news item treats as council having declared a climate emergency, and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Minutes of amended text are on P16 here.
Amended motion:

This Council resolves to:
– This Council welcomes and endorses on behalf of Gloucestershire the declaration of a climate change emergency by parliament on behalf of theUK and urges other countries to do the same.
– Commit towards an 80 per cent reduction in the Council`s corporate carbon emissions no later than 2030, striving towards 100 percent with carbon offsetting by the same date.
– Commits the Council to following the scientific advice of the Committee on Climate Change, as advocated in parliament by Alex Chalk MP, and subsequently by Jeremy Corbyn MP, and deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050,and work with partners to identify what measures would be needed todeliver a stepped target of 80% carbon reduction by 2030 to reflect the IPCC report on climate change.
– Call on Central Government to provide additional powers and resources to support local and national action towards this 2030 target.
– Lobby national government to commit to 100 per cent carbon neutrality by 2050.
– Consider its contracts going forward to oblige all contractors to report their carbon emissions and to place a ‘carbon/environmental cost’ on competing bids.
– Do all in its power to adopt, implement and strengthen the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy. Ensure that our major plans, such as the local transport plan, have clearly identified strategies to reduce carbon emissions.
– Work with district and borough councils to reduce the districts’ carbon footprint within their corporate strategies.
Provide an annual report to the Environment Committee, with a performance update on a quarterly basis to the relevant committees including details of the resources required to meet the Council’s 2030 carbon neutral target.

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 County 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.

16 May 2019, Bridport Town Council, England, UK, population 13,568

The first meeting of the town council since the May local elections included councillors unanimously approving a motion declaring a climate emergency.
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Agenda item is here.

That Bridport Town Council agrees to:
1. Declare a Climate Emergency.
2. Pledge to make Wakefield Council a Carbon Neutral organisation before 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
3. Request that the Council’s Cabinet develops and reports back to Council within six months the specific emergency plans and actions needed to reach this target.
4. Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale.
5. Call on central government to provide the funding and powers to make this possible.
6. 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.
7. Continue to work with partners across the Wakefield District and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.

20 May 2019, South Brent Parish Council, England, UK, population 2,822

Declared an Environmental and Climate Emergency. Minutes of the meeting are here.

21 May 2019, South Somerset District Council, England, UK, population 167,216

Unanimously declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency
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Resolution (on P16) is here.

That Council agreed to:
1.Note the background information provided.
2.Declare its recognition of a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’.
3.Develop a Strategy by the Full Council meeting in the Autumn of 2019, that sets ambitious targets to protect the environment and ecology; to reduce Carbon Emissions; and for a) South Somerset District and b) the Council to become carbon neutral.
4.Develop a delivery plan that sets out the necessary policies, projects and actions to deliver the targets, and identifies the resources necessary to enable the delivery of the strategy.
5.Work with councils and other partners in Somerset to develop collaboration, joint approaches and share resources in tackling climate change and protecting the environment.

21 May 2019, West Devon Borough Council, England, UK, population 55,300

Recognised that we have a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.

From Cllr M Davies
That West Devon Borough Council recognises that we have a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that urgent steps need to be taken to address all matters within the Borough which may affect climate change.

That this Council recognises that the crisis is both global and local and that Local Government has a role to play in promoting environmentally friendly policies. To this end, it is recommended that a Working Group be established with cross-group membership to be decided by the Leader of this Council, in discussion with other political groupings. To report back within three months with initial recommendations.

21 May 2019, Cheshire West and Chester Council, England, UK, population 338,000

Declared a Climate Emergency at first meeting of the new council.
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Full agenda (Item 7) is here.
Excerpt:

In light of the above, the Council therefore agrees to:
1. Join the growing number of councils in declaring a ‘Climate Emergency.
2. Direct the Chief Executive to produce a report to Council within six months to determine the earliest date before 2045 that CW&C and the borough as a whole can be carbon neutral, and revise its targets to meet that date (ideally 2030 to demonstrate leadership in the borough). These targets to be managed through the CW&C Annual Monitoring Report, business Carbon Management Plans, the Green House Gas Emissions Directive of 2019 and whatever other appropriate means become available.
3. Send a copy of this motion to CWAC MPs and the Secretary of State for the Environment.

To enable this council to meet its targets, and the rest of the UK to halve its carbon emissions by 2030, and to reach net zero before 2045, we call on national government, industry and regulators to implement the necessary changes with funding, transformed national infrastructure, policy, new technologies and legislation, including:
1. Ending CO2 emissions from electricity generation across the country.
2. Investing in energy-efficient public transport across the country.
3. Ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 and make cleaner vehicles more accessible.
4. Establish a long-term nationwide Warm Homes strategy with adequate investment for energy-efficiency measures.
5. Develop a strategy for all UK businesses to be net zero carbon by 2045.
This will mitigate the damage caused by climate change and will also create a strong green economy with new jobs, less waste and with sustainable growth.

21 May 2019, North Hertfordshire District Council, England, UK, population 133,321

Declared a Climate Emergency at the first meeting of the new council after council elections
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Agenda Item 21 is here.
Excerpt:

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 IPCC report, officers review the council’s Climate Change Policy with the aim of bringing a report to Council in autumn of 2019, after consideration by Overview and Scrutiny. The review should include an action plan to achieve a target of zero carbon emissions by 2030 and proposals for regular reporting to Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the progress with the plan;

21 May 2019, Three Rivers District Council, England, UK, population 92,600

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency, set a 2030 carbon neutral target date, and planned to engage with local residents and businesses to gain their support
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Minutes (action sheet) can be downloaded from here.
Extract:

Council therefore agrees to:
1. Declare a Climate Emergency.
2. Produce a strategy and action plan to make Three Rivers carbon neutral by
2030.
3. Use all practical means to reduce the impact of Council services on the
environment.
4. Use all planning regulations and the Local Plan to cut carbon emissions and
reduce the impact on the environment.
5. Work with partners in the public and private sector and implement best
practice.
6. Engage with local residents and businesses to gain their support.
7. Request Central Government to provide the support and resources needed
to progress the action plan.

22 May 2019, Lancing Parish Council, England, UK, population 18,810

First parish council in West Sussex to declare a Climate Emergency
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Minutes (when published) will be here.

22 May 2019, Derby City Council, England, UK, population 12,581

Declared a Climate Emergency and established a working group
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Population: 12,581
Text of the motion is here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore:
-Declares a Climate Emergency;
-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) a Derby Climate Change working group is established to respond to this challenge, that meets in public with wide representation including from all party groups;
(b) considering recommendations from the proposed working group, the Cabinet sets a new target for Derby to be carbon neutral and develops an action plan, by the end of 2019, to achieve this;
(c) resolves to work with other local authorities and public, private and voluntary sector partners on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK is able to deliver on its climate commitments; and
(d) the Government provides the necessary resources and powers so that Derby can make its contribution to the UK’s Carbon Reduction targets.

22 May 2019, Wyre Forest District Council, England, UK, population 100,700

Declared a Climate Emergency via two motions
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Motion texts are here.

1. Motion from Councillor Fran Oborski MBE, Independent, Liberal Democrat and Green Group as amended by the Labour Group

Acknowledging that Global Warming is an international crisis, Wyre Forest Council declares a Climate Emergency. Council further recognises that trees play a major part in reduction of our carbon footprint and are a vital part of our ecosystem. Council therefore resolves to work in partnership with all local schools and with Worcestershire County Council to ensure that, within the life of this 4 year Council term, every child in a Wyre Forest school is able to be involved in planting a tree. Council invites the Cabinet to consider any financial implications arising from this resolution and, if necessary, to bring forward proposals for funding as part of the next medium term financial strategy.

Motion from Councillor Fran Oborski MBE, Independent, Liberal Democrat and Green Group

Council recognises that the climate change emergency requires councils to take positive action and notes that Wyre Forest has been identified as an area with a very low level of provision of charging points for electric vehicles. Council therefore resolves: (1) to ensure that adequate electric vehicle charging points are provided in Council-owned public car parks (2) to encourage the owners of privately-owned car parks to do likewise. (3) to request the Corporate Director: Economic Prosperity and Place to advise Council on how it can require electric vehicle charging points to be provided on all future residential and employment developments where vehicle access is provided. Council invites the Cabinet to consider any financial implications arising from this resolution and, if necessary, to bring forward proposals for funding as part of the next medium term financial strategy.

23 May 2019, Wakefield Council, England, UK, population 99,251

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

Council therefore resolves to:
1. Declare a Climate Emergency.
2. Pledge to make Wakefield Council a Carbon Neutral organisation before 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
3. Request that the Council’s Cabinet develops and reports back to Council within six months the specific emergency plans and actions needed to reach this target.
4. Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale.
5. Call on central government to provide the funding and powers to make this possible.
6. 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.
7. Continue to work with partners across the Wakefield District and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.

23 May 2019, Gateshead Council, England, UK, population 202,419

Declared a Climate Emergency and wants to use 100% clean energy across all of its functions and ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon.
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Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore commits to:
– The declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.
– Make the Council’s activities carbon neutral by 2030.
– Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions 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 entire area carbon neutral within the same timescale.
– Ensure that political and chief officers embed this work in all areas and take responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed.
– Work with, influence and inspire partners across the borough to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources by developing a series of meetings, events and partner workshops.
– Request that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future.
– Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise.

23 May 2019, Kent County Council, England, UK, population 1,832,300

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a target of carbon neutrality from its activities and those of its trading companies by 2030
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Motion
In terms of achievements to date, the significant reduction in carbon emissions from the roll-out of LED streetlights across the county was an excellent step forward by KCC and there is also important work within the Kent Environment Strategy and other initiatives such as the Active Travel Strategy and emerging Energy and Low Emissions Strategy.

Building on this:
KCC recognises the Climate Emergency and will commit resources and will align its policies to address this.
KCC will set a target of carbon neutrality from its activities and those of its trading companies by 2030 using the Carbon Trust framework, with an Action Plan for achieving this.
KCC will report annually at full council on its progress towards the target.
KCC will work with partners and contract providers and will investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment as well as writing to central government with respect to the emergency to request funding to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

24 May 2019, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, England, UK, population 1,533,350

Declared a Climate Emergency despite having refused to do so in January. Council press release is here.

28 May 2019, Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, Wales, UK, population: 10,783

Declared a Climate Emergency at their annual meeting
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Full agenda item is here.
Extract:

that Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
Take action to improve the Town Councils own practices to reduce our own contribution to Climate Change.
Take action to; help move towards Newtown 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;
Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
Work with other organisations both local and national, such as Renew Wales, other Community Councils and Local businesses to help counter climate change;

29 May 2019, West Dunbartonshire Council, Scotland, UK, population 89,610

Agreed that there is a Climate Emergency and agreed to focus on divestment of council pension funds from fossil fuels
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Notice of Motion is here.

(b) Motion by Councillor Jim Bollan – Climate Emergency
Council agrees with the view held by the movement Extinction Rebellion that we have a “Climate Emergency” which needs urgent political action on a global scale to save the planet. Council agrees to write to the UK and Scottish Government’s in these terms urging them to take immediate action to tackle this grave issue and do all within their power to reverse the situation. As a first step in a local context Council also agrees to request the trustees of the SPF (Strathclyde Pension Fund) divest from any investments in fossil fuels which are warming the planet already to 1°c. Council pension funds in Scotland invest £1.8b per year in companies like BP & Shell who are planning on using fossil fuels which will warm the planet up to 3.5°c. Scientists are clear that burning fossil Fuels, Coal, Oil & Gas is the main driver for the problem. Fossil Fuel divestment is a practical, legal and responsible way for pension funds to respond to climate change and avoid financial risk. Over 30 Scottish MP’s have supported divestment of their own pension fund and I would ask that WDC put the same request to the trustees of the SPF.

30 May 2019, Derbyshire Dales District Council, England, UK, population 71,849

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

This Council pledges to:
•Declare a Climate Emergency
•Make Derbyshire Dales District Council carbon neutral by 2030
•Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible
•Work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies
•Report back to Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

3 June 2019, Northampton Borough Council, England, UK, population 225,700

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda Item 10. ii is here.
Motion by Councillor Beardsworth:

This council recognises the strength of public opinion recently expressed in London and Northampton to address the issue of climate change and the need to address carbon reduction to protect the health and wellbeing of future generations. The council also notes that the UK parliament has declared a Climate Emergency.

The Council therefore declares “a Climate Emergency” in Northampton and commits to a target of making Northampton carbon neutral by 2030.

The Council Requests a report to be submitted to the council in 12 months’ time and updated in January 2021 setting out the action that has been taken in respect to this motion and detailing how progressing this objective has been communicated to and integrated within the start up plans of the West Northamptonshire Unitary Council.

3 June 2019, Ottery St. Mary Town Council, England, UK, population 4,898

Declared a Climate Emergency and resolved to set up a working group
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Minutes (page 3) are here.
Minutes:

It was RESOLVED that the Council declare a climate change emergency. It was further RESOLVED to setup a working group with membership to be determined later but was likely to be composed of councillors, residents, experts, scientists, businesses and young citizens to develop a range of strategies.

3 June 2019, Macclesfield Town Council, England, UK, population 51,482

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes of meeting (P5) are here.
Short and sweet – this is the entire motion:

RESOLVED:
That the proposal is passed such that Macclesfield Town Council declares a Climate Emergency and that this affects all future decision making of the council.

4 June 2019, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Wales, UK, population 180,800

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

– the Council declare a Climate Emergency;
– commit to making Caerphilly County Borough Council a net zero carbon local authority by 2030;
– within 12 months develop a clear energy plan for a route towards being net zero carbon;
– ask that Welsh and UK Government call on World Leaders to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that Climate Change has been created by human activity;
– call on Welsh and UK Government to provide the necessary support and resources to enable effective carbon reduction and move to a less resource intensive future;
– call on Welsh Government to move to measure out countries progress in a way that supports and reflects decarbonisation and the ambitious and forward thinking Well Being and Future Generations Act, rather than simply measuring resource use and consumerism;
– work with Public Service Board and Cardiff Capital Region City Deal partners to develop opportunities to deliver carbon savings and to take advantage of the wider benefits of becoming net zero carbon.

5 June 2019, Winchester City Council, England, UK, population 123,900

Cabinet declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2024 carbon neutral target date for council itself and 2030 for the entire district
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Motion text is here.

That Cabinet
1.Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2.Commit to an aim of making the activities of Winchester City Council carbon neutral by 2024, and the district of Winchester carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol). Publish a report within six months setting out the immediate actions the Council will take to address this emergency and a plan to measure annual districtprogress towards meeting the 2030 target.
3.Work with partners across the district to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans and drawing on local and global best practice.
4.Support the lobbying of Government in relation to the Climate Emergency and providing the additional powers and resources needed to meet the 2030 target.

10 June 2019, Ross-on-Wye Town Council, England, UK, population 10,700

Unanimously passed the Mayor’s motion to declare a Climate Emergency
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Ross-on-Wye Town Council therefore commits to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.
2. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2023.
3. Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s non-transport functions by 2023.
4. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
5. Review its policies and operations to ensure maximum protection for and promotion of wildlife and biodiversity.
6. Establish a working group of councillors and community representatives, including young people,to develop an action plan for a zero-carbonand wildlife-richRoss-on-Wye;
7. Call on the newly elected Herefordshire Council to enact policies to respond to the Climate Emergency, as declared by the previous Council.

10 June 2019, Newbury Town Council, England, UK, population 41,075

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Motion (Item 6) is here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore commits to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action
2. Make the activities of Newbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, and ensure that the Council’s strategic plan supports this objective
3. Set up a Climate Emergency Working Group of Members and Officers at this Full Council meeting. This new Working Group will answer to the Full Council, and should:
i) Recommend the steps the Council should take to develop a clear evidence-based and fully costed strategy to ensure the Council’s activities are carbon neutral by 2030
ii) Recommend how best to engage, consult and work with relevant experts, potential partner organisations, outside bodies and community groups in the development of the strategy
iii) Recommend the processes and structures the Council should employ to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the strategy
iv) Explore how NTC can support and promote a wider program of activities to help Newbury as a whole become more sustainable
v) Report back to the Policy & Resources Committee on 14th October 2019 to give a status update and likely timescales for the completion of the strategy development, together with outline budget implications. This report and any recommendations would then come before the Full Council on 21st October 2019.

11 June 2019, Northumberland County Council, England, UK, population 319,000

Cabinet declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda text is here.

It is recommended that Cabinet:
● acknowledges the significant progress made to date by the Council inresponding to climate change;
● agrees to declare a climate emergency;
● commits to halving the carbon footprint of the County Council by 2025, with this target being kept under annual review with the ambition of continually improving its pace and scale;
● pledges to work with the Government to make Northumberland carbon neutral by 2030 whilst appreciating that this will require a concerted national shift in behaviours and significant technological advancements;
● produces a comprehensive and costed Action Plan for the next 3 years that clearly demonstrates the initial phase of delivery by which the Council will meet its above carbon reduction management commitment and work toward the wider carbon neutrality pledge;
● maintains oversight of delivery through regular progress reporting and the full engagement of the cross-party Corporate Services and Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee;
● agrees to expand the existing officer Climate Change Steering Group responsible for developing and delivering the Action Plan to include representation from other relevant partner organisations;
● maintains the Council’s leadership in responding to climate change with the suite of tangible, practical actions being complemented within the Action Plan with clear steps aimed at:
○ raising staff awareness as to the importance of this agenda and the changes it will bring to how we currently operate; and
○ defining how best to engage the wider community in its ongoing development and delivery

12 June 2019, Birmingham City Council, England, UK, population 1,137,100

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date ‘or as soon after a a just transition permits’
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

This Council resolves:
• To declare a climate emergency.
• To aspire for the City to be net zero carbon by 2030 or as soon after as
a just transition permits – making sure we take communities with us,
protecting employment and without impoverishing deprived
communities.
• To work with the WMCA and seek from the UK Government the powers
and resources to help Birmingham deliver the 2030 net zero carbon
ambition for a just transition.
• That the Council will lead by example and seek to be net zero carbon
by 2030 – again ensuring that this is just – taking communities with us,
protecting employment and without impoverishing deprived
communities.
• To constitute a Climate Emergency Task Force to support the Council
move from declaration to delivery drawing in cross sector, expertise,
capacity and capability to capture the investment and economic
opportunity arising from a low carbon future.
• To quickly set in place a process of engagement and collaborative
action that enables the Task Force to bring forward to Full Council in
January 2020 a plan that sets out how the aspiration for the City and
the ambition of the Council to be net zero carbon by 2030 can be best
achieved.
• As a matter of urgency to review planned Transport, Housing, Waste
and Energy Investment plans and policies to ensure they are fit to
support a transition to a zero-carbon future with Sustainability and
Transport Overview and Scrutiny monitoring progress and to provide
an update to Council in November 2019 and annually thereafter.

12 June 2019, Stevenage Borough Council, England, UK, population 87,700

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

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 Stevenage to reduce their emissions using the powers and funding currently available to the Council.
– Will establish a Stevenage Climate Charter calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals in the town to each establish their own Carbon Management Plans and to commit to reducing their carbon emissions which will help us to work towards our town’s net carbon-zero aspiration
– Will establish a Stevenage People’s Assembly to monitor the Towns progress on Climate Emergency Actions against targets set by both the Council and other stake holders.
– Will continue to work with the Hertfordshire Sustainability Forum, the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and Hertfordshire Infrastructure & Planning Partnership to promote and advocate joint measures and actions to meet our aspirational targets for carbon emissions reduction and sustainable transport solutions

We want and we need to be doing more to tackle this climate emergency, and know that with Government leadership (that is currently absent) we could be achieving zero carbon far sooner….

12 June 2019, Leafield Parish Council, England, UK, population 945

Declared a Climate Emergency and called a public meeting to discuss creating an action plan for a carbon neutral village. The agenda item is here.

13 June 2019, Caia Park Community Council, Wales, UK, population 13,000

Declared a Climate Emergency. The agenda item is here.

17 June 2019, Hampshire County Council, England, UK, population 1,370,700

Cabinet declared a Climate Emergency and resolved to develop an action plan within 6 months. Hear the content of the motion and vote at 1:29:00 in the webcast here.

17 June 2019, Ludlow Town Council, England, UK, population 11,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Article and motion text is here.
The motion:

Ludlow Town Council declares a Climate Emergency, with an aim of becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. It commits to identifying ways in which it can support this objective and to explore, with the community, the development of a Ludlow Town Council climate change strategy, and to consider establishing a Climate Action Partnership.

17 June 2019, Warrington Borough Council, England, UK, population 209,700

Declared a Climate Emergency.
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The text of the secoond motion is here. It seems two motions, both declaring a Climate Emergency, were passed, but the meeting minutes aren’t published yet.
Excerpt from the 2nd motion:

Council calls on Cabinet to:
• Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
• Update the 2013 Warrington Declaration on Climate Change by pledging to
make Warrington carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production
and consumption emissions;
• Ask Westminster to provide powers and resources to make the2030 target
possible;
• Work with our MPs who are calling for a Climate Emergency to be declared and
acted upon;
• 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 and region to deliver this new
goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
• End any direct Council investments in fossil fuels and request that the Cheshire
Pension Fund does the same, if there are any, within three years;
• Aim to make all Council owned property, both within and outside the borough,
carbon neutral by 2030;
• Report to Council within six months on the actions that are being taken, and
the Cabinet’s plan, and implementation timetable, for the future.

17 June 2019, Matlock Town Council, England, UK, population 9,543

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda Item 37 is here.

Motion: that Matlock Town Council declaresaClimate and Ecological Emergency and commitsMatlock to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 so that our town does its part in ensuring global warming remains less than 1.5 degrees

18 June 2019, Mole Valley District Council, England, UK, population 87,100

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

Council therefore resolves to:
1. Declare a Climate Emergency.
2. Pledge to make Mole Valley District Council and its contractors carbon neutral by 2030, or earlier if possible, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
3. Lobby Surrey County Council and the Government to provide resources that will make possible the 2030 target date set by scientists for total carbon neutrality.
4. Work cross-party within Mole Valley District Council, and with local businesses, land owners, community organisations and residents to make a positively beneficial impact on the environment and biodiversity in the District.
5. Place climate change on agendas to be discussed at appropriate committees – to build strategies and action plans with timescales.
6. Report actions undertaken to address this emergency to Council twice a year and inform Council of planned actions for the next period.
7. Use these actions to help create jobs and a stronger community, along with increased well-being and a sustainable future.

18 June 2019, Bridgnorth Town Council, England, UK, population 12,079

Recognised a Climate Emergency
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Council news item and motion text is here.
Motion:

i. That Bridgnorth Town Council recognises a climate emergency.
ii. To aim for its own operations to become carbon neutral by 2030, including meaningful offsets.
AND
iii. That an advisory group be created (in line with an offer made by Sustainable Bridgnorth to provide advice, support and recommendations) that can report formally to the Town Council on how the Town Council might best proceed to reduce and measure any reduction in its (net) carbon footprint (Town Clerk to arrange for some appropriate terms of reference to be drawn up). Once a process had been identified a regular report (most likely annually) should be provided to the Town Council.
AND
iv. In the meantime (The Council) to be mindful of carbon emissions (with the aim of reducing them) in carrying out its routine or any new business.

18 June 2019, Coventry City Council, England, UK, population 360,100

Declared a Climate Emergency
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The motion (Item 13) is here.
The motion:

This Council confirms its commitment to addressing the isssue of climate change and recommends the course of action that we are currently undertaking to respond to the climate change emergency

(One of the least ambitious motions we’ve seen, unless of course Coventry Council is already doing an exceptionally good job of tackling the Climate Emergency)

18 June 2019, Isle of Man Parliament (Tynwald), UK (dependency), population 83,314

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set up a Climate Emergency Consultative Transformation Team
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Motion text (P.10) is here.

That Tynwald welcomes the Chief Minister’s statement that the Government recognises the climate change emergency that is facing the planet and is committed to immediate action on this;
welcomes further related measures and policy initiatives;
and calls on the Council of Ministers to set up a dedicated climate emergency transformation team, led by an independent Chair with relevant expertise, to develop the climate change action plan to include ambitious target options for achieving net zero carbon emissions with interim targets and a climate impact assessment of proposals;
in order to inform any statutory target obligations included in the proposed Climate Change Bill being introduced in the next legislative year;
and calls upon the Government to lay its Climate Change Action Plan before Tynwald by January 2020.

19 June 2019, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, England, UK, population 122,300

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set an aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030
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Text of the amended motion is here.
Excerpt:

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 IPCC report, a cross-party Climatic Change Group as a sub-group of EOSC is set up, which together with officers reviews the council’s Climate Change Policy with the aim of bringing a report to Council in autumn of 2019, after consideration by Overview and Scrutiny. The review should include an action plan to reduce carbon emissions with an aspiration for net zero carbon emissions by 2030, or a justification for a later date if the review finds this unachievable, and proposals for regular reporting to Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the progress with the 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; this will include a review of the Council’s procurement policies with an aspiration to increase the weight when scoring in the tender process – bids from businesses who display clear commitment to reducing their own carbon footprint.
5 Develop planning policies to harmonise with the aims of the Climate Emergency so that development is as far as practicable, in support of the initiative.
6 Ask officers to investigate the most appropriate training for Members and officers about how to promote carbon neutral policies for consideration by Council;
7 Continue to work with partners across the district, county and wide region to deliver widespread carbon reductions and to attempt to encourage public support for the aims of the Climate Emergency.
8 Set up a £50K fund from general fund balance to provide grants to support local organisations to improve their carbon footprint, the criteria to be established by the Climatic Change Group to be recommended to Cabinet for approval

19 June 2019, Hounslow London Borough Council, England, UK, population 269,100

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency (no carbon neutral target date)
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The motion text is here.
Excerpt:

We therefore join with other local authorities, the Mayor of London and the UK Parliament in declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.

Furthermore, we commit to reviewing the existing arrangements in place to reduce the council’s carbon footprint and will identify measures towards a goal of making the council’s activities carbon neutral and ultimately zero-carbon within the shortest achievable timeframe. To enable this, we call upon the government to make available the appropriate powers and funding to local and regional government as well as pursuing policies to decarbonise the national grid and support the production of renewable energy.

19 June 2019, Cockermouth Town Council, England, UK, population 8,761

Declared a Climate Emergency [no minutes yet]

19 June 2019, Chichester City Council, England, UK, population 26,795

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item (P3) is here.
Excerpt:

1. Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’
2. Pledges to make the City of Chichester carbon neutral by 2030…

19 June 2019, Torbay Council, England, UK, population 130,959

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

a)That Torbay Council recognises 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;
b)That the Overview and Scrutiny Board be requested to review and recommend what further corporate approaches can be taken through Torbay Council’s Energy and Climate Change Strategy and to facilitate stronger Torbay-wide action through collaboration at a strategic, community and individual level;
c)That all relevant outside organisation member representatives, Cabinet Members and senior officers work with partners, including the Heart of the South West LEP, individuals and community action groups across Torbay to identify ways to make Torbay carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
d)That the Leader of the Council be requested to write to the Secretaries of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Transport; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Housing, Communities and Local Government calling for the creation, provision or devolution of powers and resources to make achievement of the 2030 target possible in Torbay;
e)That the Interim Director of Place be requested to update the Council before the end of 2019 with the actions the Council has and will take to address this emergency; and Council be recommended:
f)That £25,000 be allocated from the Council’s 2019/20 contingency budget and authorise the Interim Director of Place to utilise this funding to resource the work necessary to support the Overview and Scrutiny Board and to assess any specific recommendations and financial implications, with any unspent allocation being carried forward into 2020/21 to continue the work.

20 June 2019, Northamptonshire County Council, England, UK, population 741,200

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Motion text (Item 7) is here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore declares a Climate Emergency in Northamptonshire and commits to a target of making Northamptonshire carbon neutral by 2030.
This Council further commits to work with partners to deliver that goal.
This Council calls upon its successor councils to continue this work once they come into existence.
Where appropriate, this Council will place climate change on the agenda of meetings with partners and will encourage joint working across all sectors of local governance.
This Council requests a report to be submitted to a meeting of full council before the end of March 2020 detailing the actions that have been taken to address and action this resolution.
This Council also requests an updated report to a meeting of full council not more than 12 months thereafter setting out the further actions that have been taken and detailing how progressing this target has been communicated to and integrated within the start up plans of its successor councils.

20 June 2019, Redbridge London Borough Council, England, UK, population 301,800

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and resolved to be carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon free by 2050
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Agenda item 13, III is here.
Excerpts:

This council resolves to declare a climate emergency

This council resolves to:
– Produce a report on Redbridge’s impact on Climate with an appropriate action list to stop climate change that will go to cabinet for approval within 3 months, including measures to:
1. Make the council Carbon neutral by 2030 and being carbon free by 2050, in line with commitments already made by over 40 other councils, from Newham and Waltham Forest, to Somerset and Scarborough.
2. Undertake a green audit of council services.

– Establish a corporate panel that will track the council’s progress on tackling climate change and make additional recommendations to cabinet.

20 June 2019, North Lanarkshire Council, Scotland, UK, population 340,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 10 is here.
Excerpt:

Believes that North Lanarkshire Council is a diverse and varied Local Authority with many challenges in terms of Climate Change however believes that we need to take action locally now to help contribute to deliver towards our ambitious targets across Scotland. Council therefore agrees to join recent calls across Scotland and indeed beyond; in declaring a climate emergency.
In doing so it instructs Council Officers to report urgently to the appropriate Council Committees on our strategic actions to help contribute to tackling climate change locally and agrees for Council to be updated accordingly on our actions as an Authority to help realise the change we need to see in order to respond to this climate emergency.

20 June 2019, Brixham Town Council, England, UK, population 16,693

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 14 is here.
Motion text:

This council recognises the negative impact of human activity on the planet’s climate and biodiversity, and there for resolves to:
a)Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
b)Pledge to ask Torbay to do the same and to work with the Town Council to make Brixham and Torbay carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
c)Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
d)Work with other local authorities (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius;
e)Work with partners across Torbay, the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
f)With all this in mind, to ask Torbay to develop an action plan within 6 months,outlining how the Council will address this emergency. The Action Plan will detail the leadership role Torbay Council will take in promoting community, public, business and other Council partnerships to achieve this Carbon Neutral 2030 Commitment. The Action Plan will also outline adequate staff time and resources to undertake the actions to achieve the target. It will also set out how it will work with Brixham Town Council to achieve this commitment in Brixham.

24 June 2019, Harborough District Council, England, UK, population 91,500

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item 12 is here.

It is recommended that:
i)Council declares a “Climate Emergency” with an aim to make Harborough District Council activities as far as practical carbon neutral by 2030.
ii)a Climate Change working group is established to develop an action plan to ensure all Council functions and decision making is in line with the shift to carbon neutral by 2030.
iii) the action plan is brought back to Council within 12 months for approval and implementation.

24 June 2019, Haddenham Parish Council, England, UK, population 4,502

Declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Haddenham Parish Council Agrees to:
1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’;
2. Pledge to make Haddenham carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)
3. Call on Westminster and the new Buckinghamshire Council and its shadow council to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other councils (both within Buckingham and in the UK) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5⁰C;
5. Continue to work with partners of Haddenham Parish Council to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Prepare a report within 6 months with the actions Haddenham Parish Council will take to address this emergency.

24 June 2019, Thatcham Town Council, England, UK, population 26,217

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for Thatcham as a whole
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Agenda Item 12 is here.

24 June 2019, Dundee City Council, Scotland, UK, population 149,000

Declared a Climate Emergency, approved unanimously by the Policy and Resources Committee which has all Councillors present at its meetings.
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25 June 2019, Lowestoft Town Council, England, UK, population 54,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item 54 is here. (email from Mayor confirms it was adopted)
The motion:

54.1 To consider declaration of a climate emergency, and if so to consider the following:
54.1a Setting up a Working Group by September 2019
54.1b Working alongside partners, including other tiers of Government

25 June 2019, Torfaen County Borough Council, Wales, UK, population 92,300

Declared a Climate Emergency via an amended motion that explicitly declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda notice P299 (later amended as described in the above article) is here.

26 June 2019, Warwick District Council, England, UK, population 140,300

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Amended motion text is here.

This Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ because of the significant and urgent action needed; consequently, Warwick District Council commits to:
1.Becoming a net-zero carbon organisation, including contracted out services, by 2025 in terms of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
2.Facilitating decarbonisation by local businesses, other organisations and residents so that total carbon emissions within Warwick District are as close to zero as possible by 2030.
3.Working with other local councils to lobby central government to help address the above points including by funding and changing regulation.
4.Engaging with and listening to all relevant stakeholders including members of the Warwickshire Youth Parliament regarding approaches to tackling the climate emergency.
5.Ensuring that tackling the Climate Emergency is central to the strategic business plan – both in terms of adaptation and mitigation.
6.Producing within six months an action plan to implement these commitments. This will be lead by the portfolio holder for Environment and Business who will form a group with shadow portfolio holders for this purpose.
7.The Council accepts the invitation to take part in the internationally recognised UN programme One Carbon World. Therefore becoming the first council to become carbon neutral through this scheme and achieving the internationally recognised UN Climate Neutral Status.

26 June 2019, Swale Borough Council, England, UK, population 146,700

Unanimously declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency
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Agenda Item 11 is here.

That the Council resolves:
To declare a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’.
To draw up an action plan with improvement in energy efficiency and making space for nature as key priorities in all strategies and plans.
Pursue the Swale Strategic Air Quality Action Plan 2018-22 and to actively lobby all responsible authorities to improve air quality within Swale.
To provide leadership by taking all measures within our control to make Swale Borough Council’s own operations carbon neutral by 2025, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3).[1] To engage with businesses, organisations and residents to facilitate the action required to make the Borough of Swale carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3).
To undertake actions including, but not be limited to, spatial and transport planning to make fewer journeys necessary, improvement to the energy efficiency of new and existing housing and buildings, improved public transport especially in rural areas; encouraging active transport, developing the infrastructure for EVs; deploying renewable energy at every opportunity, while continuing to safeguard our wild places, ancient woodlands and hedgerows.
To call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
To call upon the MPs for Sittingbourne & Sheppey and for Faversham & Mid Kent to support this motion.
To 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.
To work with partners across the Borough to deliver these new goals through all relevant strategies and plans.
To become a ‘Plastic-Free Council’ by eliminating single-use plastics from the Council’s operations, whenever possible, by 2021.
To request the Cabinet, working through the Policy Development and Review Committee, to report the actions the Council will take to address this emergency to Full Council by the end of the 2019/20 municipal year.

26 June 2019, Greenwich London Borough Council, England, UK, population 282,800

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Record of decision Item 15 is here.

Council resolves to:
– Join other local authorities and declare a ‘climate emergency’.
– Pledge to make Royal Borough of Greenwich carbon neutral by 2030 – or earlier if possible – and to make sure that in meeting this pledge the Council takes steps to avoid any adverse impacts on vulnerable residents.
– Pledge to develop a Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan, detailing how the Council’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030 will be achieved – and requests that this Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan is brought to Full Council for approval by January 2020 at the latest.
– Pledge to produce, in January of each year between now and 2030, a Greenwich Climate Emergency Annual Report, detailing the Council’s progress against the Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan – which will enable members, residents and other local stakeholders to hold the Council to account for delivery of this pledge.
– Pledge to review and update the Action Plan of the Greener GreenwichStrategy. We aim to have this completed by December 2019. We willpublish an Annual Report outlining the progress we have made against these actions.
– Pledge to create the first Greenwich Partnership to focus on climatechange and ask our partner organisations across Greenwich to make clear commitments to dealing with this crisis.
– Use our lobbying power as a local authority to campaign at the local, London-wide and national level to draw attention to issue and bring aboutchanges at all levels of government.
– Pledge that the Core Strategy will be reviewed to help ensure we deliver our Carbon Neutral target.
– Pledge to explore all opportunities to divest our pension fund investments, while discharging the relevant fiduciary responsibilities to members of the pension fund, and work to ensure that wherever possible any future investments are assessed against these principles.
– Pledge to ensure that sustainability is central to our Procurement strategy.
– Pledge to make this council free of single-use plastics by 2020 and work towards reducing the use of single-use plastics across all council buildings.

26 June 2019, Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council, population 150,100

Declared an Environmental and Climate Emergency
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This Council:
i) Declares an environmental and climate emergency; whilst noting the council’s achievements in reducing its environmental impacts including reducing its energy consumption by 21% and the ambitious ongoing targets to further reduce energy consumption by 10% within four years, adopted in the Energy and Water Strategy 2019-2023;

ii) Welcomes the Government’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and calls on them to provide additional powers and resources to ensure the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead can help deliver on national targets; and

iii) Will establish a Cross-Party Working Group to undertake an in-depth review of the council’s current carbon footprint and to formulate, consult and agree on a net Zero Carbon Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by 2050 Strategy in consultation with local stakeholders and partners with a draft strategy to be brought before Full Council within 12 months.

26 June 2019, Gravesham Borough Council, England, UK, population 106,100

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030 for council operations
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Article and motion text is here.

This motion calls on the full council to:
Declare a climate emergency;
Pledge to do what is within its powers and resources to make Gravesham Borough Council 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;
Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;
Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match-funding to support this commitment;
Complete a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost;
The Council will encourage plastic-free initiatives and support events intended to promote plastic reduction in the Borough
Set up a working group to report back within six months with the actions the council will take to address this emergency

26 June 2019, Blackpool Council, England, UK, population 139,720

Declared a Climate Emergency and banned fracking on council-owned land
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Agenda Item 7(e) is here.
Excerpt:

The Council therefore commits to:
– Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action;
– Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030;Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions 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 entire area zero carbon within the same timescale;
– Ensure that all Council led leadership teams embed this work in all areas and take responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed and that the Executive and Scrutiny functions review council activities taking account of production and consumption emissions and produce an action plan within 12 months, together withbudget actions and a measured baseline;Request that Council Scrutiny Committees consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing Council policies and strategies;
– Work with, influence and inspire partners across Blackpool, Lancashire and the North West to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources by developing a series of meetings, events and partner workshops;
– Request that the Council and partners -not least the Council’s wholly owned companies, take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future;
– Request that the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Climate Change convene a Citizens’ Assembly before the end of the calendar year, in order to involve the wider population in this process. This group would help develop its own role, identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030, consider the latest climate science and expert advice on solutions and to consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;
– Set up a Climate Change Partnership group, involving Councillors, residents, young citizens, climate science and solutions experts, businesses, Citizens Assemblyrepresentatives and other relevant parties. Over the following four years, the Group will consider strategies and actions being developed by the Council and other partner organisations and develop a strategy in line with a target of net zero emissions by2030. It will also recommend ways to maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as employment, health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
– Report on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our pensions plan and other investments have, and review the Council’s investment strategy to give due consideration to climate change impacts in the investment portfolio;
– Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/ 2021 budget cycle and investment strategy will take into account the actions the council will take to address this emergency;
– Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise;
– Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not restricted to): renewable energy generation and storage, providing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging alternatives to private car use, increasing the efficiency of buildings,
in particular to address fuel poverty; proactively using local planning powers to accelerate the delivery of net carbon new developments and communities, coordinating a series of information and training events to raise awareness and share good practice;
– Furthermore, this Council makes clear its fundamental opposition to the practice of fracking. The Council will not allow its land to be used for fracking; and
– Finally, via the Local Government Association, the Council will invite in a group of experts toadvise on what steps can be taken quickly to have the greatest possible impact on air quality, modal shift away from private cars, increased take up on public transport, and ensure that every aspect of the Councils activities are sighted on the need to preserve Blackpool’s ecological and environmental heritage.

26 June 2019, Horsham District Council, England, UK, population 55,657

Acknowledged the Climate Emergency
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Report and motion text is here.
Motion:

We agree that in the face of recent dire warnings from the World Scientific community concerning global warming, the loss of millions of insects and animal species and rampant deforestation, we are facing a climate emergency.

We propose therefore that this Council develops and implements a plan for the use of renewable technologies, sustainable transport options, zero carbon building, and for waste reduction and enhanced recycling within the District, working towards a net zero carbon target.

We acknowledge that there will need to be public engagement and involvement, and resources will be required to underpin and support the long-term requirements of this far reaching proposal.

27 June 2019, Islington London Borough Council, England, UK, population 235,000

Declared an Environment and Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon net zero target date
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Article and motion text is here.
Excerpt:

This Council resolves to –
– Declare an environment and climate emergency.
– Pledge to work towards making Islington net zero carbon by 2030, ahead of
the current 2050 target.
– Make representations to regional and national government to urge them to
take action to support the goal of a net zero carbon Islington by 2030,
including through the provision of the necessary resources and legal powers to
the Council and others to support the action needed to achieve this.
– Continue to work with partners across the borough to deliver this new goal
through all relevant strategies and plans, ensuring that reducing carbon
emissions is embedded in all relevant Council decision making.
– Publish on an annual basis details of carbon emissions reduction interventions
the Council is delivering and commissioning, including the progress these
actions are delivering in reducing the tonnage of carbon emissions in the
borough.
– Ensure local people are able to contribute to the formulation and scrutiny of
the strategic actions needed to address the environment and climate
emergency by consulting on proposals and by organising an annual ‘Tackling
the Environment and Climate Emergency’ meeting, hosted by the Environment
and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, in addition to the wide-range of existing
opportunities for local people to make representations to the Council.
– Report to Full Council on 27th February 2020 what strategic actions the Council
is taking to address the environment and climate emergency, including plans
and milestones to achieve emissions reductions within the Council’s control,
and to share details of representations being made to other institutions to
achieve reductions in emissions outside of the Council’s direct control.

27 June 2019, Renfrewshire Council, Scotland, UK, population 176,800

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 9 is here.
Excerpt:

This council agrees to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;

2. Pledge to work proactively with others to make Renfrewshire carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

3. Continue to work with partners and community groups across Renfrewshire to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;

4. Assist communities to become more resilient to the impacts of global warming, particularly to flooding and to drought

5. Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/21 budget will take into account the actions the council will take to address this emergency;

6. Report to Full Council before the end of 2019 with the actions the Council has, and will take, to address this emergency.

27 June 2019, Moray Council, Scotland, UK, population 95,800

Declared that ‘climate change is an ecological emergency’ and set a a 2030 carbon neutral target date. The motion text is here.

27 June 2019, Swansea Council, Wales, UK, population 245,500

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore declares climate emergency, and calls upon the government of the United Kingdom to do the same. We commit to:
1.Call upon the UK and Welsh governments to provide us with the necessary powers and resources to ensure Swansea becomes carbon neutral by 2030.
2.Publicise climate emergency and promote a greater awareness of the truth of climate change amongst the local population.
3.Work with relevant experts in research and development to:
a.Review our current strategies and action plans for addressing climatechange.
b.Identify any further policy changes or actions which we could undertake, within the scope of our powers and resources, to meet the challenge of climate emergency.
c.Seek the help of local partners such as Swansea University and other research bodies to, within one year, produce a report to share with the community, explaining work already underway and achievements alreadymade, as well as targets for the future.
4.Update on further work undertaken by the Council in this area on an annual basis through the Council Annual Review of Performance Report section on corporate objective – Maintaining and enhancing Swansea’s natural resources and biodiversity.

27 June 2019, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scotland, UK, population 149,200

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full agenda item (P323) is here.
Excerpt:

1.Dumfries and Galloway Council hereby declares a Climate Emergency and recognises the impact this will have on our quality of life. We recognise our responsibility to tackle climate change and fully commit to taking effective action to limit the impact on our region and its people;
2.We recognise the challenges ahead to tackle climate change and, whilst we have already made significant strides towards achievement of a regional net zero carbon status, we will seek to achieve this outcome by the year 2030 and, wherever possible embrace opportunities to accelerate our target date;
3.We recognise our critical strategic leadership role to tackle climate change and will create a new and specific council priority from which our strategic objectives and outcomes will flow;
4.We will urgently review all policy and practice across our council directorates and departments to identify ways in which we can move further and faster on carbon reduction measures;
5.We will embed climate change considerations into all policy and practice risk assessments to ensure a continuous focus on the implications our actions may have on our environment, and ensure that measures to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions are acted on;
6.We recognise the existing impact of the changing climate on the lives of local populations and will help them to make informed decisions on how to adapt to climate change; individuals, communities and businesses need a greater understanding of climate change and its impacts;
7.We recognise the importance of our biodiversity and natural environment in our drive to reduce the impact of climate change and will encourage and support practices to enhance and sustain the farmed and natural world;
8.We will embrace innovative measures and respond as a priority to technological advances which can reduce our region’s impact on climate change. This will enable opportunities to contribute to the economic development and diversity of our region by supporting businesses and communities which can benefit from schemes and projects which support our priority to tackle climate change;
9.We recognise that our pursuit of net zero carbon emissions is a challenge which all people who live and work in our region will share. Accordingly, we will establish a broad based and diverse Citizens’ Panel, which will bring together representatives from across our region, harnessing the skills, experience and innovation our people possess to inform and influence the action we will take as a council;
10.We will produce a Climate Change Strategic Action Plan which will incorporate our obligations under the Climate Change (Emission Reduction) (Scotland) Bill when enacted, encapsulate everything that we can do to reduce or eliminate carbon emission and, will incorporate actions on loss of biodiversity and our natural environment;
11.We will commit to working closely with other local authorities, statutory agencies, public and private sector organisations and our communities to achieve carbon reduction outcomes and will seek to identify and share best practice;
12.In recognition of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s commitment to our Climate Change Declaration on eliminating carbon emissions, protecting our region’s biodiversity and natural environment we will appoint an elected member as our Environment Champion.

With the magnitude of the task ahead, it is important to note that this motion will represent a radical and comprehensive step change in Dumfries and Galloway Council’s approach over the last decade to climate change. Consequently, a collegiate cross-party alliance is crucial, and indeed is the reasonable expectation of the communities we represent. We must therefore adopt an ethos that ensures in the years ahead that nothing should be off the table in our commitment to protecting quality of life for generations to come. We urge you to support this motion.
Moved: Elaine Murray, Council Leader
Seconded: Rob Davidson, Depute Leader

27 June 2019, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Northern Ireland, UK, population 150,500

Declared a Climate Emergency and resolved to establish an all-party Climate Emergency Working Group
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Motion text P5 is here.

– This Council declares a climate emergency.
– This Council notes that URGENT action is required at international, national, local and individual level to address the devastating impact of climate change.
This Council further notes that Council officers are currently working on the development of a Green Infrastructure Strategy and Climate Adaptation Plan.
– This Council recognizes the valuable work of environmental campaigners, young activists, pressure groups and other organisations and further recognizes thevalue of engaging with these groups in seeking to protect our citizens from the effects of climate breakdown.
– This Council resolves to establish an all-party Climate Emergency Working Group to investigate and determine how Derry City and Strabane District should respond to the climate crisis, identifying mitigation measures that may be put in place as a matter of urgency.

2 July 2019, West Berkshire Council, England, UK, population 158,527

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full agenda Item 15 (c) is here.
Excerpt:

West Berkshire Council therefore:
1. Declares a Climate Emergency.
2. Will create a strategic plan for West Berkshire, that aims to deliver carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Calls on HM Government to provide the Council with the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
4. Will work with other authorities to determine and implement where practicable best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.
5. Will continue to work with businesses, residents and other stakeholders across the district to deliver this new goal via all relevant strategies and plans.
6. The newly formed Environment Board will provide an interim report to the Executive in September 2019 with the progress made to date.

2 July 2019, Denbighshire County Council, Wales, UK, population 95,200

Unanimously declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency
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Agenda Item 7 is here.
Excerpt:

Denbighshire County Council will
– Immediately declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
– Commit to making the authority net carbon zero by 2030 at the latest.
– Set up a task and finish group to draw up a clear plan within 6 months to achieve the above,
including ways to enhance biodiversity in Denbighshire.
– Call on the Welsh Government and UK Government to provide assistance and resources to
enable us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance biodiversity.
– Work with partners across the public, private and third sector to help solve this climate and ecological emergency.

3 July 2019, Cotswold District Council, England, UK, population 89,022

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full agenda Item 12 (ii) is here.


4 July 2019, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, England, UK, population 255,833

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Full agenda Item 16(b) is here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore:
1. Declares a Climate Emergency which involves taking actions in the clauses a to f.
2. Notes that our current targets are inadequate to respond to the challenge of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5 oC. This Council requests that:
(a) the Cabinet set up a Stoke-on-Trent Climate Change Liaison Group immediately to respond to this challenge, that meets in public with wide representation including Councillors, residents, young citizens, both Universities and other relevant parties.
(b) the Cabinet through this Group sets a new target for Stoke-on-Trent to be carbon neutral and develops an action plan by the end of 2019, to achieve this.
(c) the relevant cabinet member with responsibility for climate change should take proactive steps to include young people and the public in the process.
(d) resolves to work with other local authorities and public, private and voluntary sector partners on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK can deliver its climate commitments.
(e) requests a report from our pension funds and our investment managers on our levels of investment in the fossil fuel industry.
(f) Council calls on the Government to provide the resources and powers so that Stoke-on-Trent can make its contribution to the UK’s Carbon Reduction targets.

4 July 2019, Hythe Town Council, England, UK, population 14,516

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency
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Agenda Item 8 is here.

Hythe Town Council recognises and declares that we are facing a Climate and Ecological Emergency and will commit resources and align its policies to address this;

HTC will set a target of carbon neutrality from its activities of 2025 at the latest using the Carbon Trust framework, with an Action Plan for achieving this, to be drawn up by a sub-committee of full council which will bring recommended actions to full council for consideration, comment and approval;

HTC will report annually at full council on its progress towards the target;

HTC will work with partners and contract providers and will investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.

8 July 2019, Enfield Council, England, UK, population 115,762

Cabinet declared a Climate Emergency
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Cabinet resolution is here.

2.RECOMMENDATIONS
2.1 To approve the Council in joining other local authorities to declare a ‘climate emergency’ that requires urgent action.
2.2 To approve, for recommendation to Council, a commitmentto make Enfield Council carbon neutral by 2030 –orearlier if possible –andundertaking to move all strategic, budgetary and policy decisionsinline with this shift.
2.3 To establisha Climate Emergency Task Force of officers and members to determinehow to achieve this target and to explore what more can be done to cut greenhouse gas emissionsin the Council’s operations and supply chain, as well as acrossthe borough, and to:
– Update the Sustainable Enfield plan by 2020and submit it to Cabinet for approval
– involve all our partners, but especially the Youth Parliament, in updating the plan 2.4 To recommend to the Pension Policy and Investment Committee that they consider revisions to the policy on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) within its Investment Strategy Statement.The new policy will require the Fund toreview its holdings in companies ensuring they do contribute towardsa de-carbonised economy. In particular, the Fund shouldcontinue to actively reduce its holdings in fossil fuel companies over a planned period of time.

8 July 2019, Brent London Borough Council, England, UK, population 30,795

Unanimously declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Thus this Council resolves:
– To join our Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan in declaring a Global climate emergency. This is essential to protect our only planet, not only for us, but for all the life on it and, hopefully, all the generations of life to come.
– Do all reasonable in the Council’s gift to aim for carbon neutrality for 2030 and work with government to achieve the national 2050 target.
– Develop a Carbon Offset Fund and strategy, to enshrine the principle that developments, could and should fund projects that reduce carbon emissions elsewhere in the borough.
– At every opportunity, redirect our investments into renewable energy projects and carbon free or carbon neutral technologies.
– To continue delivering reductions in greenhouse gas emissions via the development of district energy networks and support for renewable alternatives
– Request that the appropriate scrutiny committee review the actions taken to reduce carbon emissions in Brent and the Council at the end of the municipal year.
– To empower a Lead Member to take responsibility for tackling climate change in Brent and charges that person with the responsibility to produce a report on this subject within 6 months, one that emphasises and promotes the importance of local biodiversity.
– Make representations to national government to urge them to provide the power and resources to the Mayor of London and local authorities to hasten the pace of carbon reduction and to immediately end the £10.5 billion of hidden subsidies with which central government supportsthe Fossil Fuel industry in this country.
– Explore the viability of there being an annual Green summit for interested parties, where issues can be discussed, good practice shared and ideas promoted.
Councillor Roxanne Mashari (mover)

8 July 2019, North East Derbyshire District Council, England, UK, population 100,780

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

This Council notes that climate change is one of the biggest threats facing our world and recognises that changing human behaviour to confront the danger to our planet and secure a sustainable, healthy and prosperous environment for us and for future generations to continue to enjoy. To confirm our commitment to this challenge, this Council declares a climate and ecological emergency. In recognising this urgency for change and to lead the way with positive action
for the transformation of our District and wider area, this Council therefore
resolves to:-
– Adopt a Climate Change Action Strategy with immediate effect that includes action planning.
– Adopt all targets set out in the Council Climate Change Action Plan and achieve at least an 80%, while aiming to achieve a 100%, reduction in our net carbon emissions by 2030.
– Implement a monitoring system and reporting mechanisms as set out in the Climate Change Plan, and establish a Climate Change Council SubGroup of cross-party membership (chaired by the Council’s Climate Change Portfolio Holder), which will also consider all necessary future actions as required.
– Promote and embed sustainable and energy efficient practices, buildings, workplaces and transport across our organisation and services with the target of 100% clean energy by 2030.
– Continue to harness our Streetscene Teams and planning processes to protect and enhance our natural environment, stimulate biodiversity and nurture our wildlife and pollinators.
– Introduce a communication strategy, organise community action events, establish ‘Climate Change Schools’ conferences, and work with our partners, businesses, schools, communities and other Councils to promote behavioural change, and develop new ideas and co-ordinated responses to climate change and plastic pollution.

In accepting the above initial steps, this Council also endorses the ongoing close review of, and a dynamic approach to, our climate change strategy to capitalise on new opportunities and technologies, and thereby continue to influence and inspire positive change in the local and wider areas

9 July 2019, Chichester District Council, England, UK, population 120,750

Cabinet declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion 7 is here.
Motion:

1) That Cabinet makes the following declaration of a climate emergency: “Chichester District Council declares a Climate Emergency and requests the Environment Panel to advise Cabinet and Council on how to move to a carbon neutral environment.

2) That the Environment Panel draft Terms of Reference as outlined in Appendix 1 are approved and that the Panel is tasked with evaluating priority actions for a Climate Emergency Action plan, and reports back to Cabinet in November 2019.

3) That the Environment Panel is asked in its report to identify and evaluate the resources needed to achieve delivery of the action plan, including the proposal for a Climate Emergency Officer funded from reserves and the potential for the use of the Zero Carbon Graylingwell payment for implementing carbon reduction initiatives.

4) That in the event that the Council is invited to accept a transfer of funds by Homes England associated with the Zero Carbon Graylingwell project, authority is delegated to the Director of Planning and Environment to accept the funds which are to be used towards specified carbon reduction projects, the spend for which will need to be first agreed in each case by both Homes England and the Council.

9 July 2019, Surrey County Council, England, UK, population 1,185,300

Unanimously (with one abstention) declared a Climate Emergency despite this conservative-dominate council rejecting a similar motion several months ago
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Amended motion text will be here when it is published. The video of the meeting confirms a climate emergency was declared.

9 July 2019, Watford Borough Council, England, UK, population 96,800

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

Therefore Watford Borough Council approves the following:-
1) Join other Councils in recognising and declaring a climate emergency
2) Pledge to do everything within the Council’s power to make the whole of Watford carbon neutral by 2030
3) Within this develop an ambitious sustainability strategy for reducing the Council’s own emissions, with an objective that the Council becomes carbon neutral by 2030
4) Use all planning regulations and the Local Plan to cut carbon emissions and reduce the impact on the environment
5) Call on national government for more powers and resources to make this pledge possible, and ask the Elected Mayor to write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to this effect
6) Continue to work with partners across the borough, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans
7) Take account of climate impacts within existing decision making processes
8) Report back to Council, via the newly established Sustainability Forum, on an action plan to address the climate emergency, and then every six months after this an update on progress being made. The proposed action plan to be on the agenda of the Sustainability Forum to be held 3rd October 2019
9) Dedicate enough staff and budget to achieve these aims, including the most appropriate training for members and officers to promote carbon neutral polices and to achieve these aims

9 July 2019, St Albans City & District Council, England, UK, population 147,095

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 10 is here.
[Amended motion coming soon]

9 July 2019, Richmond London Borough Council, England, UK, population 196,904

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council press release with motion texts is here.
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Two motions were passed:

Council joins the rapidly growing number of councils that have declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’. It rejects the idea that this declaration is a symbolic gesture and will give substance to its commitment.

‘Council therefore resolves to become recognised as the greenest London borough. It will undertake the factual analysis, target setting, and produce the strategy and action plans necessary by January 2020, in order to realise this goal and become carbon neutral by 2030.

and

Council:
1. Endorses Parliament’s declaration of a national climate change emergency;
2. Reaffirms the Council’s response to the Government’s Aviation Strategy consultation and condemns said strategy’s entirely inadequate approach to mitigating climate change;
3. Looks forward to the publication of a draft Borough Climate Change & Sustainability Strategy, its discussion at the July meeting of the ESCS Committee, the subsequent borough-wide consultation and the adoption of the finalised strategy and targets in the Autumn.

9 July 2019, Woodbridge Town Council, England, UK, population 11,000

Declared a Climate Emergency. Motion text is here.

10 July 2019, Manchester City Council, England, UK, population 547,627

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion Item 5 is here, but note that an amendment strengthened the motion by setting an earlier carbon neutral target date. [amended motion coming soon]

10 July 2019, Bury Council, England, UK, population 189,628

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda Item P5 (amended at meeting to bring forward carbon neutral target date to 2030) is here.
Excerpt:

This Council resolves:
1.To declare a Climate Emergency and aspire for Bury to be Carbon Neutral by 2038;
2.To create a cross party, stakeholder panel to develop a Climate Emergency Strategic Plan and associated Delivery Plan. The membership of this stakeholder panel should include [but is not limited to pending further discussion]all public sector partners,community representation and the business community; This Strategic Plan would promote both big and small changes. It would have a particular focus on reducing carbon emissions, promoting the development of renewable energy initiatives and seeking to make Bury a leader in eco – business. The ambition should be that plans to tackle climate change should be mainstreamed into the borough’s plans for economic growth and those to improve population health;
3.The Stakeholder Panel should report back to Council within the next six months setting out the immediate steps the Council will take to address the Climate Change emergency, and the longer term actions that will be necessary;
4.The Council acknowledges that the public services in Bury alone cannot deliver the change that is needed and that leadership across our communities is required. On that basis, the Council will look to create Environmental Forums in each of the borough’s six townships to help develop a community response to the Climate Emergency;
5.The Council will actively lobby the Government to provide the additionalpowers and resources needed to meet the 2038 target

10 July 2019, St Helens Council, England, UK, population 176,843

Declared a Climate Emergency [more info after minutes are published]

10 July 2019, Burnley Borough Council, England, UK, population 88,527

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

Full Council calls on Burnley Borough Council to:
1 Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2 Call on the Executive to establish a cross-party ‘Climate Change Working Group’ (one member from each group) whose remit is to provide recommendations to the Executive, in light of the Climate Emergency, to make the Borough of Burnley carbon neutral by 2030,
taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3);
3 Call on Lancashire County Council and Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4 Call on the Executive to report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency and detailed reasons with supporting evidence (from within existing resources and expertise without incurring third party
expenditure) for the refusal of any recommendation(s) made by the Climate Change Working Group.

10 July 2019, Merton London Borough Council, England, UK, population 206,186

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

This Council resolves to:
declare a climate emergency;
work towards ensuring that the borough is carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the Mayor and the Government’s targets. Achieving this will require significant investment and policy initiatives from the Government, and Council hopes it would be achieved earlier than 2050;
work towards ensuring that the Council is carbon neutral by 2030, recognising the leadership role it has in the borough;
develop a working group to support the Council move from declaration to delivery drawing in cross sector expertise, capacity and capability. The working group should draw on existing expertise within the borough as well as including residents who are representative of the borough as a whole;
set in place a process of engagement and collaborative action that enables an action plan to be considered by Cabinet and Council in early 2020, based on achieving the aforementioned targets.

10 July 2019, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, England, UK, population 98,496

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

That this Council declare a Climate Emergency as many councils have already done all over the UK and will undertake to:
1. Start working with partners across the district and region towards making The Staffordshire Moorlands carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account emissions from both production and consumption.
2. Call on The Government to provide guidance, powers and resources to make carbon neutrality possible by writing to local MPs and all relevant government departments.
3. Develop a Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Plan through a cross party working group with officer support and with a brief to draw on wider expertise to assist with investigative work, establishment of priorities, drafting of the plan and delivery.
4. Ensure that all Council Bodies and Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when making decisions and reviewing Council policies and strategies.
5. Review progress made on an annual basis via Scrutiny and Full Council.

11 July 2019, Eden District Council, England, UK, population 52,564

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Motion text is here.

This motion calls on Eden District Council:
1.To declare a Climate Emergency and an Ecological Emergency.
2.To aim to make Eden District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
3.Critically to evaluate the ecological impacts of all Eden District Council’s decisions and actions; to refuse initiatives that will result in the degradation of the natural environment and biodiversity; and actively to promote the safeguarding and improvement of the natural environment.
4.To prepare, by the end of 2019, a strategic plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030, across all activities for which the Council is responsible, working with independent expert advisory groups to ensure the council adopts best practice.
5.To call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and funding to meet a 2030 zero carbon target across Eden District.
6.To work together with other councils, public and private sector organisations (within Eden, Cumbria, the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to achieve zero emissions in Eden District by 2030.
7.To facilitate the involvement of Eden’s residents, from schoolchildren to elders, in formulating plans to address the climate and ecological crisis, delivering those plans and monitoring their progress.

11 July 2019, Thanet District Council, England, UK, population 141,819

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda item is here.

This Council therefore resolves to:
● Declare a climate emergency;
● Pledge to do what is within our powers and resources to make Thanet District Council 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;
● Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;
● Requests the council investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment;

11 July 2019, North Kesteven District Council, England, UK, population 115,230

Declared a Climate Emergency
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See full text of Motion 6 here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore:
• Calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to explore supporting our Council in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through a funded partnership role;
• Will consider how our local priorities link with the overall ambitions of the Sustainable development goals; and
• Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’, and works with residents, businesses and other partners to tackle climate change, lobbying for support to address this emergency by 2030.

11 July 2019, Gloucester City Council, England, UK, population 129,285

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

This Council resolves to:

Declare a climate emergency

Immediately carry out a carbon audit of the council’s corporate emissions

Commit towards zero carbon emissions for the council’s corporate carbon emissions by 2030 to include carbon offsetting if required

Lobby national government to commit to 100 per cent carbon neutrality for the UK by 2045

Agree that the city of Gloucester should become a carbon neutral city no later than 2045

Consider council contracts going forward to oblige all contractors to report their carbon emissions and to place a ‘carbon/environmental cost’ on competing bids.

To call on Central Government to provide additional powers and resources to support local and national action towards achieving carbon neutrality

Ensure that the City Plan and revised Joint Core Strategy include policies to deliver zero carbon new builds at the earliest date possible, but by 2030 at the latest

Work with other public and private bodies to achieve a carbon neutral city as soon as possible, but by 2045 at the latest

Provide an annual report to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee with a performance update on a quarterly basis on the council’s zero carbon strategy.

11 July 2019, Harlow Council, England, UK, population 86,594

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion text 8a is here.
Excerpt:

This Council believes it is still possible to restore a safe climate and therefore declares a climate emergency and will:
i) Aim to reduce its net carbon emissions as far as possible;
ii) Reduce its carbon footprint at a greater rate than it is already committed to doing so;
iii) Create a program of new tree and hedgerow planting across the town, starting with 1,000 in the next year;
iv) Encourage HTS (Property and Environment) to plan for a switch over from petrol and diesel vehicles, plant and machinery to electric vehicles, plant and machinery; and
v) Reaffirm its commitment to the Garden Town development’s principles of sustainable transport.

11 July 2019, Wyre Council, England, UK, population 111,223

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for the entire Wyre area
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Motion text Item 10 is here.
Excerpt:

The Council therefore commits to:
· Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action;
· Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030;
· Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions 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 entire Wyre area zero carbon within the same timescale;
· Ensure the Council take responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed and that the Executive and Scrutiny functions review council activities taking account of production and consumption emissions and produce an action plan within 12 months, together with budget actions and a measured baseline;
· Where necessary officer reports to Cabinet and Full Council contain impact assessments on Climate Change, including presenting alternative approaches which reduce carbon emissions where possible
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15 July 2019, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, England, UK, population 127,580

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion text is Item 8 here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, the Council is requested to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ as a pledge to take local action to contribute to national carbon neutral targets through the development of their own practices and policies.
Part 2
In addition Council calls on The Cabinet to:
· Ask the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) to convene a task and finish working group to consult with and invite input from representatives of local environmental groups, residents and businesses, and report back to The Cabinet and Council by January 2020 on the following areas:
(i) the effectiveness of the current activities undertaken by the Council to combat climate change;
(ii) how all council policy proposals could best consider the impacts of climate change and the mitigation and adaptation measures required;
(iii) a critical analysis of what additional actions the Council could take to contribute to national carbon neutral targets, and;
(iv) what adaptation measures the Council may need to put in place as climate change worsens;
(v) how the Council could best engage residents on the severity of the Climate Emergency, and the ways the Council could help facilitate local people and businesses to take independent action;
(vi) how the Council could work with local and regional organisations and environmental groups to raise awareness and combat climate change;
(vii) the changes in national regulations and policies that may be needed, so that Council could, where required, call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources needed.

15 July 2019, Wirral Council, England, UK, population 323,235

Declared an Environment and Climate Emergency
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Motion text is here.
[Motion text coming soon]

15 July 2019, Croydon London Borough Council, England, UK, population 385,346

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

4.1. Note the impact that climate change is already having around the world and the
need for urgent action at an international, national and local level;
4.2. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
4.3. Note the work and commitment that the Council has already made towards
sustainability;
4.4. Establish a target for Croydon Council be become carbon neutral by 2030;
4.5. Work with the Mayor of London to meet the aim for London to be a zero-carbon
city by 2050;
4.6. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with
funding to make this possible;
4.7. Work with communities across Croydon to ensure that all residents and
businesses are empowered and encouraged to play their part in making the
Croydon the most sustainable borough in London.
4.8. Note the important role of all elected Members in leading this agenda.

15 July 2019, Buckingham Town Council, England, UK, population 12,043

Declared a Climate Emergency and, in a second motion, resolved to develop a Climate Change Action Plan.
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Motion text (Items 29 and 30) is here.

Motion – Climate Emergency
It is now clear that the world has less than 12 years to switch away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Reducing energy use and switching to clean energy will also increase energy security, improve air quality, minimise fuel poverty, boost the local economy and provide jobs and training.It is proposed that Buckingham Town Council declares a climate emergency and commits to going carbon neutral by 2030. This will help to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external support and funding. It is also proposed that Buckingham Town Council also signs up to the Covenant of Mayors to track our progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions. Proposer Ruth Newell, Seconder Robin Stuchbury

Motion – Climate Change Action Plan
Proposed by Cllr. Newell and seconded by Cllr. Stuchbury.We call on Buckingham Town Council to support the need for a Climate Change Action Plan for Buckingham Town, so that we take the first step towards taking some concerted actions to reduce and move towards a Net Zero Carbon Footprint for the town. There are so many no-cost and low-cost options available that when combined with the funding available to community and other organisations we can start to play an increased role in combating climate change

15 July 2019, Lewes District Council, England, UK, population 102,744

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

We call on the Council to
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ and enact the following proposals in order to:
Reduce Council greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and become fully ‘climate-resilient’ by 2030.
We call on the Council1.
To develop a comprehensive Climate Change Strategy within 12 months that addresses all inward and outward-facing Council functions and implement appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms in order to:
– Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030;
– Ensure that appropriate resources and capacity are put in place to progress theactions needed to address the ‘climate emergency’ effectively; and
– Support and work with relevant agencies and stakeholders towards making the entire District zero carbon and climate resilient by 2030.
2.To request Scrutiny Committee to set up a Climate Change Scrutiny Panelthat receives progress reports on the policy and actions enacted by the Council to address the ‘Climate Emergency’. This incorporates the existing request to ScrutinyCommittee to monitor the implementation of recommendations made by the Climate Change Action Group. The Panel will also invite appropriate experts to support Council climate change actions.
3.To request that a Community Climate Change Forumis convened with representation and participation from across the district. Invitees to include but not berestricted to representatives from local communities, parish and town councils, organisations, business, education, nature groups, agricultural, food, health and transport groups.
4.To request that the Council is especially proactive in taking steps to include young people in the ‘Climate Emergency’ process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future.
5.To report on an annual basis to the Audit and Standards Committee on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our pensions plan and other investments have, and review the Council’s investment strategy to give due consideration to climate change impacts in the investment portfolio.
6.To ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/21 budgeting take into account actions the Council will take to address this emergency.
7.The Portfolio Holder write to the Government to set out the Council’s intentions and call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible, and ask our local MP to do likewise.

16 July 2019, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council, England, UK, population 383,359

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

Declare a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’;
Pledge to make BCP Council and its operations carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)5;
Work with partners, businesses and the wider community to investigate, make recommendations and set a target date for how early the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region can be made carbon neutral, ahead of the UK target of 2050;
Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 and other interim targets 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 region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
Set-up a Citizens’ assembly to enable views of the general public to be taken into account.
Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency. As discussed with officers an action plan with clear quantifiable milestones should be submitted to Full Council in December 2019.

16 July 2019, Worcester City Council, England, UK, population 101,328

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

The Council will:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
Pledge to make the city of Worcester carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)*;
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 Heating 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;
Appoint the already budgeted new Environmental Sustainability Officer in a timely way, create a cross-party steering group and report to Environment Committee on 28th January 2020 on actions the Council will take with key stakeholders to address this emergency. This work will be led by the Chair of the Environment Committee.

16 July 2019, Newark & Sherwood District Council, England, UK, population 121,566

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion text is here (but was amended to remove the citizens’ working group).

Newark and Sherwood District Council therefore:
· Declares a Climate Emergency;
· Notes that we need to develop measures and set targets to contribute to the challenge of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5°C; and
· Will take the following measures:
(a) to establish a Newark and Sherwood District Climate Change working group to respond to this challenge, that meets in public with wide representation including from all party groups;
(b) set a target for Newark and Sherwood District to be carbon neutral and develop an action plan by the end of 2020 that will achieve this;
(c) to provide a Climate Change impact assessment on every decision the council makes, within every service review undertaken and every planning application considered;
(d) to work with other local authorities and public, private and voluntary sector partners on carbon reduction projects;
(e) to lobby the Government for the necessary resources and powers so that Newark and Sherwood District Council can make its contribution to the UK’s Carbon Reduction targets; and
(f) to provide and publish an annual review of measures taken by Newark and Sherwood District Council and their impact on the District’s carbon footprint.

16 July 2019, Chelmsford City Council, England, UK, population 168,310

Unanimously declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Motion text and video of meeting is here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore resolves to:
• Declare a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’ that requires urgent action to
make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030;
• Achieve 100% low carbon energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030;
• Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to net-zero carbon by 2030;
• Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the City of Chelmsford and surrounding area net-zero carbon within the same timescale;
• Ensure that Officers and political leadership teams within Chelmsford City Council embed this work in all areas and take responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s own activities;
• Ensure that any recommendations are fully costed and that the Executive and Overview & Scrutiny bodies regularly review Council activities, taking account of production and consumption emissions, and produce an action plan within 12 months together with budget actions and a measured baseline;
• Request that the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee considers the impact of Climate Change and the Environment when reviewing Council policies and strategies;
• Work with, influence and inspire partnerships across the city to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources by developing a series of meetings, educational events for City Council staff and the wider community and partner workshops focusing on the Climate and Ecological Emergency;
• Request that the Council and its partners take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they also have a voice in shaping the future;
• Establish a Chelmsford Climate Change Partnership within the remit of the Chelmsford Policy Board, involving councillors, residents, young people below voting age, academics and other relevant parties, to prioritise carbon reduction measures, identify related benefits to employment, health, agricultural and transport sectors and develop a strategy in line with the ‘net-zero carbon by 2030’ target;
• Establish a baseline for Chelmsford’s ecological status and monitor progress year on year;
• Report on the level of Council investment in the fossil-fuel industry and review the City Council’s investment strategy to give due consideration to Climate Change impacts in their investment portfolio;
• Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/21 budget cycle and investment strategy note the actions the City Council will take to address this Emergency;
• Call on the UK Government to provide such new powers and resources as are necessary to make this possible, and to work within the LGA to encourage other councils to back this plan.

16 July 2019, Hertfordshire County Council, England, UK, population 1,180,900

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency. The council press release is here.

17 July 2019, Wandsworth London Borough Council, England, UK, population 326,474

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date and a 2050 zero carbon target date
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Article and motion is here.
Excerpt:

To ensure this Council is playing its part, it
resolves to:
1) declare a climate emergency;
2) aim to be net carbon neutral by 2030;
3) aim to be carbon zero by 2050;
4) continue the Council’s work to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon
footprint;
5) endorses the proposed Environmental and Sustainability Strategy which commits
the Council to continue all relevant OSC, Executive and officer activities to produce a
comprehensive climate action plan by the end of 2019 which will deliver these
objectives;
6) work with partners across the Borough to deliver these new goals;
7) Expedite the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) review of our
pensions investments with particular reference to decarbonisation and climate
change;
8) continue to campaign strongly against Heathrow expansion

17 July 2019, Crawley Borough Council, England, UK, population 112,448

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

Crawley Borough Council welcomes the various recent initiatives taken in Parliament and by West Sussex County Council and many other local authorities to increase awareness of the urgency of addressing the issue of reducing CO2 emissions and resolves to:
1.Declare a Climate Emergency
2.Pledge to aim to reduce carbon emissions generated by Crawley Borough Council activities by at least 45% by 2030 and to zero by 2050 as recommended by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC).
3.Call upon central government to provide the powers and resources to make these targets possible.
4.Work with other councils and partners to determine and implement best practice methods to reduce carbon emissions and so limit Global Heating to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius
5.Request that the Overview and Scrutiny Commission (OSC) urgently sets up a Scrutiny Panel to look into and make recommendations focusing upon the workings and activities of Crawley Borough Council relating to carbon emissions and to report to Council as soon as is practicable. Council further requests that OSC co-opts a member or members of the Youth Council to the Scrutiny Panel.
6.Request that the Head of Corporate Finance will undertake a review of the ethical investment policy in the Treasury Management Strategy with a view to incorporating the Council’s climate change declaration.
7.Encourage all Crawley residents to commit to the West Sussex CountyCouncil Climate Pledge published in May 2019.

17 July 2019, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, England, UK, population 326,088

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2038 zero carbon target date
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

The impact of climate change is already causing serious damage around the world and all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act. Strong policies to cut emissions have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits. This council therefore declares a ‘Climate Emergency and commits to taking urgent action: (50 Words)-
This Council will:
Work with our GM neighbours and other key stakeholders to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2038 or sooner, and to support other relevant agencies to help make the entire GM region zero carbon within the same timescale;
Improve our air quality, meeting World Health Organisation guidelines on air quality by 2030 and supporting the UK Government in meeting and maintaining all threshold for key air pollutants at the earliest date. Promote our move to a circular economy, recycling 65% of our municipal waste by 2035 and reducing the amount of waste we produce.
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17 July 2019, Melton Borough Council, England, UK, population 50,873

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 zero carbon target date
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Motion text is here.

17 July 2019, Liverpool City Council, England, UK, population 494,814

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 zero carbon target date
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Motion text is here.

17 July 2019, Broxtowe Borough Council, England, UK, population 113,272

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2027 zero carbon target date
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Motion text is here.
Excerpt:

To that end, this council resolves to:
1. Declare a “Climate Emergency” that requires urgent
action.
2. Produce a new Carbon Management Plan, which will
include the setting of a net carbon neutral target for
Broxtowe Borough Council by 2027.
3. Ensure that political and chief officer leadership
teams embed this work in all areas and take
responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the
carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s
activities, ensuring that any recommendations are
fully costed and that the Executive and Scrutiny
functions review council activities taking account of
production and consumption emissions and produce
an action plan within 12 months, together with budget
actions and a measured baseline.
4. Integrate this commitment into the new Broxtowe
Borough Council four-year Corporate plan which will
be produced in the next few months.
5. Request that the Council and partners take steps to
proactively include young people in the process,
ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future
6. Include an assessment of climate and sustainability
impact in all relevant reports to committees.
7. Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/21
budget cycle and investment strategy will take into
account the actions the council will take to address
this emergency.
8. Work with, influence and inspire partners across the
district, county and region to help deliver this goal
through all relevant strategies, plans and shared
resources by developing a series of meetings, events
and partner workshops.

17 July 2019, Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, England, UK, population 185,426

Declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
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Motion text is here.

17 July 2019, South Gloucestershire Council, England, UK, population 279,027

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 zero carbon target date
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Motion text is here.

17 July 2019, Elmbridge Borough Council, England, UK, population 136,626

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

This Council therefore calls on the Cabinet to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make Elmbridge carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both
production and consumption emissions; and
3. Report to full Council within six months setting out the immediate action the
council will take to address this emergency, offer best efforts to forecast
progress towards meeting the 2030 target and produce a methodology to
compare the borough with other local lower tier districts.

18 July 2019, South Tyneside Council, England, UK, population 148,127

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion text is here.
Excerpt:

This Council resolves to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Take all necessary steps to make the borough of South Tyneside carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3);
3. Set an interim target of cutting carbon emissions in the borough by at least 60% by 2025;
4. Lead by example and commit to making South Tyneside Council and all its operations carbon neutral by 2023;
5. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make meeting these targets possible;
6. Produce a comprehensive Action Plan for the next five years which will be operational within six months. The Plan will detail how the Council will meet both of its 2023 and 2025 carbon reduction targets, and set annual carbon reduction targets;
7. Ensure that fairness and community empowerment are at the heart of all climate policies by establishing a Citizens’ Assembly, comprised of people of all demographics, to ensure that the formation and implementation of the Action Plan serves
to benefit our most vulnerable communities.
South Tyneside Council
18 July 2019
8. Be accountable to the public by publishing a bi-annual report detailing emission reduction progress and feedback from the Citizens’ Assembly. The conclusions of this report will be discussed every six months at a Full Council meeting.
9. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets, and policy documents are in-line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030;

18 July 2019, East Hampshire District Council, England, UK, population 120,681

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 zero carbon target date
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Motion text (P47) is here.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore calls on the cabinet to
1 Declare a Climate Emergency.
2 Pledge to make East Hampshire District Council carbon neutral by 2030.
3 Set up a cross party working group to include officers, councillors and key local stakeholders including schools, colleges and youth groups to provide ideas of achieving a carbon neutral East Hampshire District by 2030 and carbon Zero by 2050.
4 Report to Full Council within 6 months (to be made publicly available) settingout the immediate and longer-term actions that the Council will take and how it plans to measure the districts progress towards meeting the 2030 target.This report will also include a full review of the implementation and outcomesof the East Hampshire District Council Energy Strategy 2014-2019.
5 Work with partners and other Local Authorities across the South region to deliver these new goals of being Carbon neutral by 2030 through developingstrategies and implementation plans which draw on local and national best practice where available.
6 To actively lobby the Government to provide the additional powers and resources needed to meet the 2030 targets.
7 To prioritise mitigating the impact of Climate change in an updated East Hampshire District Council Corporate Strategy.
8 To consider the impact and mitigation of climate change on all policy and key decision making and carrying out a green audit across the Council to ensure that this is being implemented.
9 To encourage plastic free alternatives and ban the use of single use plastics within all council employee premises. Implement an ethical procurement framework to ensure suppliers reduce their own carbon footprint.
10 To expand infrastructure for walking, cycling, and public transport and to actively promote greater use of electric vehicles.