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First Climate Emergency Taskforce meet

Chester Town Hall

Report from the first meeting of the taskforce

The first meeting of the taskforce took place on 7 August at Chester Town Hall. The taskforce heard from a number of speakers, including Charlie Steward, Deputy Chief Executive of Places at the Council, who explained the current position of greenhouse gas emissions in the borough and the Council’s response to the climate emergency declaration.

A number of national and international projects that appear to be helping to address the Climate Emergency issue were discussed by the taskforce. Some of these included:

  • the Mersey Forest working with communities and  landowners to increase tree cover in the borough
  • Ethiopia planting 350 million trees in one day as part of a wider afforestation campaign
  • grass cuttings from roadside verges being used to produce electricity via a biomass plant in Lincolnshire
  • tidal power and the opportunity in the area to link in to other renewable energy.

An advisory panel made up of key representatives from a number of industries and organisations across the borough, will be established and meet bi-monthly to discuss the challenges they face and ways they can have a positive impact on the Climate Emergency. The recommendations and guidance of the advisory panel will then be taken into account by the Climate Emergency taskforce.

A Climate Emergency Summit will take place on Friday 22 November 2019, to explore the local implications of Climate Change, and review the actions that the Council, the private and third sectors, and communities and individuals can take to make the Council, and borough as a whole, carbon neutral before 2045. 

You can get involved right now by sharing your views and ideas – big and small – on ways to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions across energy, water, air, land, food and waste, and adapt our communities to be more resilient to the impact of climate change: climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

All evidence gathered will be used to support the Climate Emergency Summit, which will bring together partners, experts and community representatives to discuss findings and set out plans to develop a borough-wide response. 

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