UK CED from Oct 2019

Below are the UK local council, national, and dependency regions that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order from 1 October 2019 onwards. Click the “motion text” links to see details of the motions they passed.

For UK declarations before 1 July 2019, go to https://www.cedamia.org/ced-regions-in-uk/. For declarations between July 1 and September 30 2019, go to https://www.cedamia.org/ced-uk-from-july-2019/.

1 October 2019, Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland, UK, population 295,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item is here.
[Minutes here when published]

1 October 2019, Woodley Town Council, England, UK, population 35,470

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 Carbon neutral target date.
motion text


Council article and adopted motion text is here.

This Council notes that:
The impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world.
Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018) may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector.

This Council therefore:
Commits to a declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ with the aim of becoming a carbon neutral organization by 2030.
Welcomes the declaration by Wokingham Borough Council of a ‘Climate Emergency’ and will actively participate in the creation of the Borough-wide climate change strategy to ensure Woodley Town Council is fully engaged in its creation for the benefit of its residents.
Will explore, with all parts of the community, the development of a local action plan in support of, and to compliment, the Borough Council’s climate change strategy plan for those parts relevant to Woodley Town.

1 October 2019, Tewkesbury Borough Council, England, UK, population 92,599

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for the council offices
motion text


Agenda item is here.

That the Council:
– Declare a “Climate Emergency”.
– Commit to doing all in its power to make Tewkesbury Borough Council offices carbon neutral by 2030.
– Expand the remit of the existing Flood Risk Management Group to deal with climate change matters with the following delegations to the Borough Solicitor in consultation with the Group:-
i)preparation of revised Terms of Reference to include an audit of the Council’s current position, an action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, funding and promotion of good practice throughout the borough including buildings that provide a public service, such as the Tewkesbury Leisure Centre; and
ii)membership of the Group, taking account of its wider role.
– Call upon central government to provide additional powers and resources to support local and national action towards the 2030 target.
– Commit to working with partners in Gloucestershire to achieve Countywide carbon neutrality aims.
– Report to Council by its meeting on 21 April 2020 at the latest with a detailed action plan for delivery.

2 October 2019, Aldbourne Parish Council, England, UK, population 1,833

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
motion text


Minutes are here.
It was RESOLVED seven in favour and four abstentions to approve the following resolutions:

1. Acknowledge that there is a ‘Climate Emergency’.
2. Aim to encourage and support the Community of Aldbourne to become carbon neutral by 2030 taking into account both production and consumption emissions and increase biodiversity.
3. Support the work of Carbon Neutral Aldbourne in undertaking a carbon audit.
4. Call on Westminster and Wiltshire County Council to provide the powers and resources tomake the 2030 target possible.
5. Work with other local authorities organisations such as neighbouring town and parish councils and appropriate government departments to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
6. Work with partners across the parish and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
7. Establish a working party to actively promote the community well-being of the inhabitants of Aldbourne.

3 October 2019, Stirling Council, Scotland, UK, population 94,000

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item 19B is here.
[Minutes here when published]

8 October 2019, Glemsford Parish Council, England, UK, population 3,666

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Draft minutes are here.

It was resolved that the Parish Council declare a climate emergency by adopting BDC & SCC policy with the ability to add to it at a later date. Lesli is to help with this, possibly with the aid of representatives from village organisations.

9 October 2019, Surrey Heath Borough Council, England, UK, population 86,144

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for council operations
motion text


Draft minutes are here. Two motions were passed.

RESOLVED to
(i)support the actions being taken by Surrey County Council in tackling the environmental impact on our daily lives and support the Government’s aim of eradicating the UK’s contribution to climate change;
(ii)ask the Executive to establish a Working Group to deliver a strategy in 2019/20 which will be charged with outlining how the Council plans to deliver the target, including actions that will be taken, and liaising with Surrey County Council in urging government to confirm what support will be made available to local authorities;
(iii)declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, and develop actions to support businesses and all relevant bodies in their work to tackle climate change; and
(iv)develop a policy for the use of renewable materials and energy across the Council’s estate.

and

RESOLVED to
(i)declare a Climate Emergency;
(ii)acknowledge that ‘business as usual’ is not an option in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergency that happening globally, and that society in its current form is unsustainable;
(iii)make Surrey Heath Borough Council and its contractors carbon neutral by 2030, or earlier if possible, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
(iv)assess and adjust the Council’s current activities both in terms of their scope and how they are undertaken, this will involve the inclusion of environmental implications of recommendations in all officer reports alongside legal, financial and equality implications, including the impact of recommendations on CO2 emissions as well as any other relevant environmental factors;
(v)establish a cross-party working group, comprising 9 members, to review and make recommendations to the Council on actions to be undertaken to address climate change; and
(vi)finalise the draft Terms of Reference, as circulated with the agenda, at the first meeting of the Working Group.

9 October 2019, Lytchett Matravers Parish Council, England, UK, population 3,424

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

…that Lytchett Matravers Parish Council declare a Climate Emergency to ensure that Climate Change is at the centre of all decisions made by them for the village.

10 October 2019, Harden Village Council, England, UK, population 1,900

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
motion text


Draft minutes are here.

Council: –
•Declares a ‘climate emergency’.
•Puts the emergency at the forefront of discussions and decision-making, ensuring negative environmental impact is avoided, minimised or mitigated and that positive solutions are embraced.
•Establishes a set of actions and commitments for working with and supporting local residents, groups and businesses to be more sustainable, progress against which will be assessed regularly.
•Calls on the Government and Bradford Council to provide the resources and powers so that our village can make its contribution to the UK’s carbon reduction targets and averting the emergency.

15 October 2019, High Peak Borough Council, England, UK, population 92,063

Declared and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
motion text


Motion in agenda is here.
Excerpt:

This Council pledges to:
1.Declare a Climate Emergency
2.Make High Peak Borough Council carbon neutral in its internal operations and the services it delivers by 2030, and work with partners to achieve this target across High Peak
3.Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
4.Work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevantstrategies
5.Work to mitigate the biodiversity crisis in its actions across the Borough
6.To address this emergency, establish a cross-party working group to assist in investigation, prioritisation, drafting and delivery of a plan including targets for CO2 reduction, working withofficer support and drawing on wider expertise.
7.To include a cross section of local people in drawing up this plan.
8.To report back to Council by end of March 2020 with this plan
9.Ensure that all Council committees and scrutiny panels consider the impact on climate change and the natural environment when taking decisions and reviewing policies.
10.Review progress against the target and report back every six months.

15 October 2019, East Sussex County Council, England, UK, population 552,300

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda item 1.14 is here.

East Sussex County Council:
(i)supports the aims and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
(ii)recognises and declares a Climate Emergency.
(iii)will set a target of achieving carbon neutrality from its activities as soon as possible and in any event by 2050, in line with the new target for the UK agreed by Parliament in 2019.
(iv)will build upon the work we have undertaken to date, will commit resources where possible and will align our policies to address the Climate Emergency.
(v)will set out a clear plan of action to reduce our carbon emissions.
(vi)will report annually at the May County Council Meeting on its progress towards the target.
(vii)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.
(viii)will use our Environment Strategy to provide a strong unified voice in lobbying for support to address this emergency, sharing best practice across East Sussex and more widely through other partners

17 October 2019, East Cambridgeshire District Council, England, UK, population 89,362

Declared a Climate Emergency
PROGRESS SO FAR:
18 November 2019: Invited residents to submit ideas for their action plan for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050
motion text


Agenda is here.
Minutes here when published

21 October 2019, Lichfield City Council, England, UK, population 33,816

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda item 8 is here.

Lichfield City Council declares that a climate change emergency exists,and in consequence resolves to take this into account as a factor in all future deliberations of the Council.

24 October 2019, Fareham Borough Council, England, UK, population 116,339

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item 14 is here.

Fareham Council notes:
That climate breakdown is being recognised as an emergency around the world;
That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asserts that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector;
That the House of Commons and a growing number of UK local authorities, including our County Council partner, have already passed ‘Climate Emergency’ motions;
That Fareham Council has for many years been a leader in seeking to reduce carbon-based energy use and in promoting recycling of materials, and that the Executive Leader recently announced the intention to set up a working group tasked with moving to a carbon neutral position.
Fareham Council welcomes the Leader’s statement to the Executive Meeting of September 26 and asserts that the proposed working group’s goals should include:
1. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030
2. Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030
3. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
4. Support and work with the County Council, The Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH) and voluntary agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale and convene a Citizens’ Assembly to involve the wider population in the process.
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. 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;
7. 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;
8. Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not restricted to): renewable energy generation and storage, encouraging alternatives to private car use, providing electric vehicle infrastructure and, 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.

5 November 2019, North East Combined Authority, England, UK, population 1,157,170

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item 10 is here.
Excerpt:

In recognition of the seriousness of the global climate emergency, the North East Combined Authority resolves to:
i.Declare a “Climate Emergency”.
ii.Fully support all four NECA constituent authorities in working towards their ambitious carbon reduction targets.
iii.Establishing a task and finish group to identify what additional resources and legislation would be required to support the local authorities work to reduce carbon emissions across the NECA footprint.
iv.Receive an annual update report on progress towards emissions targets within the NECA constituent authority areas and data relating to reduction of carbon emissions across the NECA footprint.
v.Maximise all funding opportunities to support carbon emission reductions.
vi.Facilitate the sharing of best practice across the NECA area.
vii.Work with NECA constituent authorities to help prioritise carbon reduction measures that will have the greatest impact while bringing in added benefits such as environmental improvements and economic growth.
viii.Work collaboratively with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to promote carbon reduction across the business community and within future iterations of the Strategic Economic Plan and the Local Industrial Strategy.
ix.Ensure all future NECA Leadership Board reports comment on the impact any decision will have on the climate emergency agenda
Proposer: Councillor I Malcolm

1 November 2019, National Association Of Local Councils, UK


Declared a Climate Emergency. Announcement is here.

13 November 2019, Uttoxeter Town Council, England, UK, population 14,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item 17 is here.

PROPOSAL THAT UTC DECLARES A CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY
Councillor Trenery requested this matter be included within the Agenda and requests Council give consideration to the above mentioned, following the example of Staffordshire County Council which, at its July meeting,declared a climate change emergency. Council is asked to give consideration to declaring a climate change emergency and, where feasible, follow the steps in the 20 point checklist contained in the SLCC Bulletin forwarded to Councillors on 11 October 2019. See AppendixH. Councillor Trenery to report thereon. Council’s instruction is sought thereon.

18 November 2019, Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, England, UK, population 1,358,200

Declared a Climate and Environmental Emergency. Agenda item is here.

18 November 2019, Middlewich Town Council, England, UK, population 13,595

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.

Councillor V Perez-
Middlewich Town Council publicly declares a climate emergency MTC fully supports CEC in declaring a climate emergency in Cheshire east and calls on the cabinet to urgently prioritise combatting climate change and its adverse effects at a borough level as promised at their meeting on 22nd May 2019, as well as empowering and supporting Town andparish councils in initiatives.

19 November 2019, Launceston Town Council, England, UK, population 9,216

Declared a Climate Emergency. Agenda Item 9 is here.

28 November 2019, South Cambridgeshire District Council, England, UK, population 157,519

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Decision is here.
Excerpt:

The Council, therefore, pledges to:
1.Declare a Climate Emergency;
2.Report to Full Council within 6 months on the carbon reduction targets and projects for the Council’s own buildings and operations;
3.Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions by the Council are in line with a shift to zero carbon;
4.Ensure that the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan fulfills its role in bringing forward net zero carbon development, particularly in new housing and infrastructure, as well as ensuring that new development can adapt to our changing climate;
5.Work with partners acrossthe district to deliver this target through investment, skills, strategies andplanning;and
6.In order to enable South Cambridgeshire and the rest of the UK to reach net zero carbon before 2050, call on government, industry and regulators to implement the necessary changes with funding, transformed national infrastructure, policy, new technologies and legislation.

1 December 2019, Wantage Town Council, England, UK, population 11,327

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council article is here.

2 December 2019, Ilkley Town Council, England, UK, population 14,809

Declared a Climate Emergency. Agenda Item 9 is here.