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]

7 October 2019, Dartford Borough Council, England, UK, population 109,709

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

That this Council recognises the serious impact of climate change and accepts that rising global temperatures presents a clear and present threat to our world. We are facing a climate emergency.
The Council further recognises that all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act but feels that progress in Dartford should not be constrained by the actions of the slowest. Our town and its people have a part to play in securing a sustainable future and this Council must not only be a force for change in itself, but must inspire and encourage change in others.
It welcomes the Government’s commitment to meet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 but feels that, locally, we should aspire to act faster, and go further, to embed multiple actions across our community and local economy. Some measures may be quicker to yield results than others but the Council aspires to see the effects of climate change tackled earlier than either the 2050 national target or the 2030 date proposed by some.It commits to pursuing measures that are deliverable, measureable and practical.
It will inspire and promote efforts -small and large –to address climate change throughout our local community.
It recognises that the interests of the environment are served not by empty promises or by setting one legitimate interest against another but by securing collaboration and a genuine commitment to change throughout the Borough and amongst our residents, neighbourhoods, businesses and wider partners.
It will co-operate with other authorities at every tier.Dartford knows more than most about the particular challenges posed by rising traffic volumes and the impact on local air quality.
We commit to increase our efforts to work with highways partners to reduce car use, resolve traffic issues in pollution hotspots and create workable, popular solutions within residential communities to prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and calmer, safer traffic.
It commits to make enlightened choices in our own supply chain and encourage other organisations to do the same with the aim of safeguarding resources and reducing pollution.It notes the successful inauguration of the Leader’s cross-party Working Group on Climate Change and commits to developing this group to include informed and representative local voices.Finally, this Council sets itself the goal of making a contribution to tackling climate change to match any comparable local authority.

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.

10 October 2019, Ryedale District Council, England, UK, population 54,920

Declared a Climate Emergency
PROGRESS SO FAR:
4 November 2019: Published climate action progress report
motion text


Draft minutes P18 are here.
Excerpt:

This Council
1.Notes that the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’ by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018, (a) describes the enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global temperatures is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and (b) confirms 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.
2.Notes with concern that the impacts of climate change are already causing serious damage to communities both at home and abroad.
3.Congratulates the government in committing the UK to legally binding targets for carbon reduction and recognises that all levels of government have a duty to act and take a lead on actions within their power.
4.Recognises that a growing number of local authorities have already passed ‘Climate Emergency’ motions.
5.Recognises that local plans need to be compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which require local plans to “help to: shape places in ways that contribute to radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, minimise vulnerability and improve resilience…”
6.Recognises it will take political will, resources and policy change to tackle climate change and that strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits.
We call on this Council to declare a “Climate Emergency” in line with, and as a minimum the government’s own legally binding net-zero targets and, as a matter of urgency, commit to actions to help achieve these targets across Ryedale.
This Council
i.Supports the comprehensive steps within the Climate Change Action Plan as a constructive means of reducing our carbon footprint in line with government targets
ii.Recommends that the Chief Executive provide officer capacity to work with and support councillors and officers to drive forward the climate change action plan and if deemed necessary, employ a dedicated Climate Change and Environment officer as part of the current re-structure plans within staff teams.
iii.Requests a report be presented to Policy and Resources, at least every six months, containing an update on the delivery of the Climate Change Action Plan along with details of any new climate change initiatives for the committee’s consideration
iv.Expects the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to use its powers to hold Policy and Resources to account and support it in ensuring the Council delivers the Climate Change Action Plan

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
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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
motion text


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.

19 November 2019, Chorley Borough Council, England, UK, population 116,821

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Draft minutes are here.

a) That Chorley 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 Council welcomes the work of Overview and Scrutiny Task Group andrequests that it reviews and recommends what further corporate approaches can be taken through Chorley Council to facilitate stronger Chorley wide action through collaboration at a strategic, community and individual level;
c) That all relevant outside organisation member representatives, Cabinet Membersand senior officers work with partners, including individuals and community action groups across the borough to identify ways to make Chorley 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 Chorley; and
e) That the Chief executive be requested to update the Council before the end of February 2020 with the actions the Council has and will take to address this emergency.

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.

2 December 2019, Grimley Parish Council, England, UK, population 627

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council newsletter is here.
motion text


Minutes can be downloaded here.
Excerpt:

Our Emergency Declaration is an opportunity to create a better and sustainable future for ourselves and our children, that will enhance our community, environment, local economy and our overall wellbeing.
Grimley Parish Council will have full regard for the above Objectives specifically in regard to:
1) The management of Parish staff, land, commons and greens.
2) Contracts and the commissioning of projects.
3) Promoting local food production, businesses and enterprises.
4) Commenting on planning applications, developments – green spaces, transport, infrastructure.
5) Information to individuals and Parish, businesses, organisations and schools in our area.
6) Information to wider authorities and colleagues, lobbying higher tier councils and Government.
7) Creation of an Environment Working Party of local volunteers, in order to harvest resident ideas on changes that can contribute towards a more sustainable, climate friendly Parish.
8) This declaration will be reviewed annually. It will be supplemented by supporting documents identifying specific targets and actions that will be developed by the Council and Environmental Working Party.

4 December 2019, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, England, UK, population 130,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item 14 is here.
Excerpt:

This Council declares a climate emergency and in doing so commits to:
– establishing a cross party working group to investigate and
subsequently advise on the actions and timescales required to
make the Council’s activities carbon neutral by 2030. The working
group will report initial findings and recommendations back to
Cabinet within 4 months with the ability to invite a relevant external
expert as appropriate
– engaging with partner councils (specifically Warwickshire County
Council and Warwickshire’s 5 District and Borough Councils), local
businesses, environmental groups and residents to inform our
future actions; and
– call on government to provide the resources and where required the
powers to enable Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to help
deliver the UK’s carbon reduction targets.

10 December 2019, Horley Town Council, England, UK, population 22,076

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Council article with motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Horley Town Council therefore commits to:
Its resolution made to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.
Do everything in its power to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030 and achieve 100% clean electricity consumption across the Council’s facilities by 2025.
Immediately establish an Environment working group focused on eliminating carbon emissions, plastic waste and damage to the local ecology. (already established).
Ensure that all strategic decisions and budgets are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030 whilst still maintaining the Council’s service delivery and financial resilience.
Support and work with all other relevant agencies and authorities towards helping Horley become zero carbon by 2030.
Launch an Environment Week to include residents and especially young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future.
Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2021/22 budget cycle and investment strategy will consider 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 to persuade our local MPs to do likewise.

10 December 2019, Horncastle Town Council, England, UK, population 6,815

Declared a Climate Emergency. Minutes are here.

17 December 2019, Midlothian Council, Scotland, UK, population 91,340

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Midlothian Council agrees 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 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;
Request that Council Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing Council policies and strategies;
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;

6 January 2020, Westbury Town Council, England, UK, population 16,989

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Motion 24 in agenda is here.

That Westbury Town council joins move stations across the UK and the world by declaring a climate emergency.
That Westbury town council either:
sets up the climate change working group or instruct the existing operations and organisation working group to:
draft a climate change action plan CAP within 6 months for consideration by the council to consider how we might become carbon neutral and to recommend a target date for this make recommendations as to adopting protocols and actions such as joining the Covenant of Mayors https://www.covenantofmayors.eu/about/covenant-initiative/origins-and-development.html
That Westbury Town Council immediately add a section to the motion template used by many councillors that refers to climate change impact to encourage councillors to consider what effect any of our action might have in this area and whether mitigation be put in place.
That Climate Change becomes a risk to the council and becomes part of all relevant council projects and is recorded on the risk register.That the council includes relevant sections on climate impact when developing new policies and as part of its process of regular policy review.
That the council considers how the community can be involved, perhaps by formation of a panel which meets regularly (e.g. once every 6 months) to review progress and practice.

13 January 2020, Nottingham City Council, England, UK, population 321,500

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and adopted a Carbon Neutral Charter (city-wide carbon neutral by 2028)
motion text


Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

2 RECOMMENDATIONS
2.1 To declare a climate and ecological emergency.
2.2 To adopt the Carbon Neutral Charter, as set out in appendix 1.2.3To consult on an Action Plan, which will be the methodology of enacting the Charter, and note that the outcome of consultation and any further recommendations or actions to be taken following the outcome of the consultation will be subject to further approval.

13 January 2020, Luton Borough Council, England, UK, population 214,109

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda item is here.

Recommendations
1.Executive are asked to:
(i)Endorse a letter to the Prime Minister setting out the Council’s concern that local authorities need urgent support on changes to legislation, policy and funding to ensure that local action on Climate Change can be effective;
(ii)Following the review of the data, Declare a Climate Change Emergency in Luton and support the setting of 2040 as a target for Luton to reach net zero carbon.
(iii)Receive the draft Anthesis report which sets the current carbon budget for Luton and outlines some key issues that need to be addressed for Luton in order to reach a net zero carbon budget by 2040;
(iv)Instruct the Corporate Director, Place and Infrastructure to continue work with LLAL and LLAOL in working towards the net zero carbon by 2040.
(v)Instruct the Corporate Director, Place and Infrastructure and Corporate Director, Public Health and Well-being to bring forward proposals on air quality.
(vi)Recognise the small direct proportion of the Luton carbon budget that is attributable to the activities of Luton Council and to endorse the Action Plan set out at Appendix B.
(vii)Support the revised timeline for developing the Luton wide Action Plan based on the engagement strategy set out in paragraph 25.
(viii)Support the approach of establishing a Citizens Assembly on Climate Change as a follow onto the budget consultation.
(ix)Instruct the CorporateDirector, Place and Infrastructure to bring back proposals for a Climate Change team to lead and drive this agenda for Luton.

16 January 2020, Hillingdon Borough Council, England, UK, population 273,936

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


Draft minutes P10 are here.
Excerpt:

– Looking to the future, this Council declares that there is a current global climate emergency and, as a consequence, agrees to extend the Council’s climate change targets beyond those currently set, as follows:
o To become carbon neutral across the Council services by 2030 and;
o To achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s services by 2030.
– Furthermore, resolves that, to meet these targets practically and be accountable to residents for them:
o Recognise that, initially, they will span the Council’s direct services and, subject to future review by the Cabinet, may grow to encompass the Council’s wider commercial supply chain;
o The Cabinet Member for Housing and the Environment, in consultation with the Leader of the Council assumes a new Executive responsibility within the Council’s Constitution for climate change strategy;
o Responsibility for oversight and scrutiny of the Council’s efforts in relation to climate change be given to the Corporate Services, Commerce and Communities Policy Overview Committee to review as they see fit and engage the community;
o The Chief Executive designate a lead officer to act corporately on climate change and in pursuit of the above targets;
o An annual action plan be submitted to Cabinet, aligned with the budget, to monitor achievement. Furthermore, a review of environmental performance reporting be undertaken to actively engage staff in ways to tackle climate change in their service areas and communicate progress more widely to residents.

16 January 2020, Godmanchester Town Council, England, UK, population 6,711

Declared a Climate Emergency

20 January 2020, Boston Borough Council, England, UK, population 64,637

Declared an ongoing Climate and Environmental Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item P17 is here.

1.Boston Borough Council declares an ongoing climate and environment emergency and commits to apledge to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint and become net-zero carbon in advance of the timetable declared by UK Parliament.
2.All Council reports, policies and practices shall incorporate climate change mitigation and environmental impact as key drivers for consideration.
3.UK Government be requested to provide financial support to Councils to achieve/improve upon their carbon reduction commitments.
4.Include the environment, carbon reduction and halting climate change within the Council’s emerging corporate strategy.
5.Collate and promote the positive activity and success of the Council’s work across all areas of environmental good practice.
6.Request that the Environment & Performance Committee adopt Climate Change within its terms of reference.
7.Develop, cost and propose a series of “quick wins” and activity reporting and monitoring progress to the E & P Committee over the next two years.
8.Explore options for cost effective, accredited and audited options for commercial carbon offsetting schemes.
9.Move to a “Green Energy” source utilitysupplier as soon as possible.

21 January 2020, Highworth Town Council, England, UK, population 8,151

Declared a Climate Emergency

22 January 2020, Shetland Islands Council, Scotland, UK, population 22,990

Recognised the Global Climate Emergency
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Motion text is here.

As a council we recognise the global climate emergency. The evidence is irrefutable and the science is clear. Action is required. As a council we must demonstrate community leadership, We must act and engage with the community to ensure that Shetland can, and does play our fair part in tackling this global emergency.

22 January 2020, Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough, England, UK, population 156,197

Declared a Climate and Environment Emergency
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This Council therefore resolves:
1.To declare a ‘Climate and Environment Emergency’;
2.To inform residents and business about how they are affected by climate change and should draw up policies to:
a.move RBKC operations to zero carbon by 2030, identifying the actions and resources necessary to do this;
b.support and promote the transition of all residents’ and business activities located in RBKC to zero carbon by 2040, identifying the financial, legal and other changes necessary to do this;
c.identify the networks (including community organisations, local business alliances, including business improvement districts, and other local organisations) that can support this transition;