Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats continued their attack on the Climate Emergency on Wednesday, with cross party support of their motion calling for carbon-zero public buildings and developments.
Commenting on the success, Cllr Hodgkinson said:
“Gloucestershire County Council has taken an important step by declaring a climate emergency, following our motion back in May. However it is time to take steps to match the sentiment and the housing industry is an important area to tackle. We are therefore calling on the county council to flex its significant legal clout and use this avenue to make a significant dent in the county’s future climate emissions.”
The final motion to pass in the Council chamber was as follows:
This Council notes:
- That a ‘climate emergency’ was declared by Gloucestershire County Council (GC) in May 2019, along with five of the six district councils.
- That the County Council is striving to become carbon neutral by 2030 and is identifying measures to deliver an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the whole county by the same date.
- That district councils have the responsibility to lead on issues of planning and housing.
This Council further notes:
- GCC holds significant sway over the design of county-council-backed public buildings, such as the proposed new secondary school in Leckhampton.
- GCC has significant influence over developers when disposing of land for development.
- In 2019, the government legally committed the UK to a target of zero emissions by 2050, one of the first major countries in the world to do so.
- Without ambitious incentives, most developers are likely to prioritise cost over greener methods of construction.
- Carbon dioxide emissions from energy use resulting from housing currently makes up a third of all the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, a figure which is predicted to rise to over 50 per cent by 2050 if no action is taken.
This Council requests that the Cabinet:
- Work with the NHS, Gloucestershire Police, district councils and others, via Leadership Gloucestershire, to ensure that all new public buildings commissioned support the move to zero carbon.
- Work with district councils to ensure that all residential and commercial developments in Gloucestershire support the move to zero carbon.