The Liberal Democrats successfully brought a Climate Action Plan motion to Gloucestershire County Council on 15 May, passing unanimously after a lengthy debate.
Cllr Iain Dobie who proposed the motion later said:
“Let us be in no doubt that this is a climate emergency. The Government and this council need to be much more ambitious in its attempts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
“That is why I am delighted this council has agreed to strive toward a zero carbon estate by 2030. This motion represents the start of a journey towards a greener Gloucestershire and the Liberal Democrat’s will ensure the council is held to its commitments.”
As part of the motion the council resolved to, among other measures:
- Commit towards an 80 per cent reduction in the Council`s corporate carbon emissions no later than 2030, striving towards 100 percent with carbon offsetting by the same date.
- Commits the Council to deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050, and work with partners to identify what measures would be needed to deliver a stepped target of 80% carbon reduction by 2030.
- Lobby national government to commit to 100 per cent carbon neutrality by 2050.
- Consider its contracts going forward to oblige all contractors to report their carbon emissions and to place a ‘carbon/environmental cost’ on competing bids.
- Do all in its power to adopt, implement and strengthen the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy.
- Ensure that our major plans, such as the local transport plan, have clearly identified strategies to reduce carbon emissions.