The Climate Emergency
Cheshire 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.
The Council required the Chief Executive to produce a report within six months to:
- determine the earliest date before 2045 that Cheshire West and Chester Council and the borough as a whole can be carbon neutral
- revise its targets to meet that date, ideally to 2030, to demonstrate leadership in the borough.
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.
Taskforce members will consider themes and issues that contribute to the Climate Emergency, and conduct research to determine an ambitious and evidence-based local response to Climate Change over summer and autumn.
The research will be used to inform both the report to Council within six months, and a summit to bring together people interested in this topic from a range of different backgrounds including:
- community groups
- voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations
- children and young people
- housing providers
- energy providers.
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.
In the course of its work, the taskforce will hear from a range of groups and organisations to understand the potential implications of climate change on the wider borough.
Call for evidence - How to get involved
In autumn there will be a public evidence session. This is designed to give residents, community groups, industry and wider partners an opportunity to send their views and suggestions on how the Council can respond to the Climate Emergency.
Please send your views to:
There are no strict content requirements. However, views expressed should be limited to how the Council can respond to the Climate Emergency in order to support the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2045, or ideally by 2030.
Please note that carbon neutrality is used as a widely-understood shorthand for greenhouse gas neutrality. The role of other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide is recognised in contributing to climate change, and will be accounted for in the work of the taskforce.
As a guide, some of areas of focus include:
- the approach to public engagement and involvement
- the role of communities
- domestic emissions
- waste, production and consumption
- air quality.
Further details relating to the public evidence session and content discussed by the policy comission will be added to this page in due course.
Documents and resources
For further information on Climate Change, the following resources are available:
For more information on the Council’s response to the Climate Emergency:
Contacting the Climate Emergency Champion
For more information on the Council’s response to the Climate Emergency, contact Councillor Matt Bryan, the Leader’s Champion for the Climate Emergency.