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The Climate Emergency

250-wc-actionclimatechangeCheshire West and Chester Council unanimously declared, on 21 May, that the borough is in a Climate Emergency.

The Council agreed that:

  • Climate Change presents a threat to our way of life
  • the Council recognised the need to act in-line with worldwide agreements on Climate Change and the best available evidence, which states that, to limit emissions to 1.5°C, there is a requirement to reach 'net zero' by 2045
  • the Council must play its part by evidencing leadership on this issue.

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The Council's response - The taskforce

In response to this declaration, the Council has established a cross-party taskforce to understand and plan for the implications, risks and new opportunities for the borough presented by climate change.

The objective of the taskforce will be to shape how the borough responds to the threats and opportunities presented by the Climate Emergency, and develop practical recommendations for the Council to take forward.

The Council's Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, presented a report detailing Cheshire West and Chester's response to the Climate Emergency declaration to Council on the 21 January 2020. The report, which was approved by Council, sets out evidence on the Borough's current carbon footprint, and its potential trajectory over the period 2020-2050. It describes a range of actions to reach carbon neutrality within this period; including actions under the direct control of the Council, as well as those the Council could advocate for the Borough as a whole, and at national and international level. As part of the report the Council has declared a target to be carbon neutral as an organisation by 2030.

The Climate Emergency taskforce meet monthly and welcome individuals, groups and organisations to speak about issues relating to climate change in the borough.

The next Climate Emergency Taskforce meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 July, 6pm until 8pm. The meeting will focus on climate repair, offsetting and carbon capture.

This will be an online meeting due to the current government guidance around social gatherings. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the meeting. Please email climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk with details of the topic you will be talking about.

The Climate Advisory Panel meet bi-monthly and welcome individuals, groups and organisations to speak about issues relating to climate change in the borough. The next meeting is due to take place on Friday 10 July, 11am until 1pm and will focus on climate repair, offsetting and carbon capture.

This will be an online meeting due to the current government guidance around social gatherings. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the meeting. Please email climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk with details of the topic you will be talking about.

For more information on the Council's response to the Climate Emergency, contact Councillor Matt Bryan, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency.

For commercial enquiries linked to decarbonisation:

Climate Emergency Conference

The West Cheshire Action on Climate Change conference was organised as a partnership event bringing together experts from a range of industries, community groups and government departments to encourage support and enthusiasm for a borough-wide pledge to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2045 or earlier.

Photos from the day

Climate Emergency Conference

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