Gloucestershire’s Liberal Democrats are bringing forward a motion to the next Full Council calling for the adoption of an ambitious carbon emissions reduction plan.
Proposed by Cheltenham Councillor Iain Dobie, the motion calls for a recognition of man-made climate change, the recommendations of the IPCC’s special report and the consequences of failing to heed the science.
The motion also calls for a range of ambitious strategies to tackle climate change in Gloucestershire, including a commitment to an 80 per cent reduction in the council’s emissions by 2030, striving towards 100 per cent with carbon offsetting by the same date. It also calls to lobby central government to commit to full carbon neutrality across the UK and Gloucestershire no later than 2045.
Cllr Dobie said “Climate change is the greatest global threat we currently face and it is time this council started to be more ambitious in its approach. We recognise that the council is on track to hit the 60 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020, however we must use this success to strive for yet greater targets, including an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 – along with additional carbon offsetting to bring the council’s emissions to net zero by the same date.
“I am immensely proud that three of our district councils, including Lib Dem run Cheltenham Borough Council, have all declared a climate emergency. It is now time for the County Council to follow suit and become a national leader in tackling this greatest threat.”