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The Climate Emergency

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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.

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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. 

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
  • industry
  • 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.

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.

Upcoming taskforce meetings

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 meetings to be held are:

  • 27 February, 6pm - 8pm: Ellesmere Port Library Committee Room - Energy and Waste

Members of the public are welcome to attend and have the opportunity to speak. Please email climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk if you are planning on coming to one of the meetings so that we have an idea of the number of people attending. If you would like to speak at a meeting please provide details about the topic you will be talking about and the date you will be attending.

Upcoming Advisory Panel meetings

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 meetings to be held is:

  • 27 January, 1.30pm - 3.30pm: Ellesmere Port Library Committee Room – Climate Advisory Panel, The Role of Small and Medium Enterprise

Members of the public are welcome to attend and have the opportunity to speak. Please email climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk if you are planning on coming to one of the meetings so that we have an idea of the number of people attending. If you would like to speak at a meeting please provide details about the topic you will be talking about and the date you will be attending.

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:

Minutes

Climate Emergency Taskforce

Climate Advisory Panel

Extra resources

Please note: some external documents may not be fully accessible or suitable for mobile devices

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.

For commercial enquiries linked to decarbonisation:

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