Hereford Times: Students ensure Council recognise climate emergency

Motion – Climate Change
(Proposed by Councillor AJW Powers, Seconded by Councillor PP Marsh)
In 2013 Herefordshire Council and other key local partners committed to the ReEnergising Herefordshire policy document, aiming to achieve an 80% carbon reduction
on 1990 levels by 2050. This has led to much good work in many areas of the council’s
operation, and is on target after 5 years.
Now, in the light of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 Special
Report Global Warming of 1.5°C, this Council should recognise:
• The urgent need for action within the next 12 years, to avoid a climate crisis and to
protect Herefordshire people from the consequences of irreversible climate change.
• The need to make its due contribution to the international effort to cut carbon
That this Council resolves to declare its recognition of the climate emergency and calls
on the executive to:
a) Commit to an accelerated reduction of its own carbon emissions, with the
aspirations to be carbon neutral by 2030; and to change its energy supply to 100%
renewable source;
b) Produce a successor to the current Carbon Management Plan (2019-2023) within the
early months of the new council;
c) Work with partners to produce an action plan, covering all relevant council
strategies, and to submit this plan via Scrutiny to Cabinet by the end of 2019;
d) Call upon our ‘Re-Energise’ partners to match or better the council’s commitment;
to publicise their response and to lead on working with the public to promote and
encourage carbon reduction in all aspects of the county’s life; and
e) Provide the necessary resource for officers to deliver on the council’s carbon
reduction commitments, and to monitor and report annually on the county position.