This Council notes the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
report, which describes with high confidence the enormous harm that a 2 degree
average rise global temperature will cause, compared to a 1.5 degree rise. The IPCC
report also confirms that with immediate and ambitious action from national
governments and local authorities between now and 2030 it may still be possible to
limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. To ensure this Council is playing its part, it
resolves to:
1) declare a climate emergency;
2) aim to be net carbon neutral by 2030;
3) aim to be carbon zero by 2050;
4) continue the Council’s work to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon
5) endorses the proposed Environmental and Sustainability Strategy which commits
the Council to continue all relevant OSC, Executive and officer activities to produce a
comprehensive climate action plan by the end of 2019 which will deliver these
6) work with partners across the Borough to deliver these new goals;
7) Expedite the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) review of our
pensions investments with particular reference to decarbonisation and climate
8) continue to campaign strongly against Heathrow expansion