Melton Borough Council declares Climate EmergencyPublished Thursday, 18th July 2019
A recommendation asking Melton Borough Council to formally declare a ‘climate emergency’ was approved on Wednesday 17 July at Full Council.
The resolution will see the Council establish a Climate Change Policy Development Group to develop an action plan for how the Council will work towards ensuring its operations become carbon neutral by 2030 and further promote a cutting of emissions within the wider Borough of Melton.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson said: ”Climate change experts say there are only 12 years until emissions, if they continue at current levels, rise to a point where they will cause irreversible harm to the planet’s environment . As a council, we can and will play our part in making sure that the Council’s operations become carbon-neutral by 2030, but we cannot do it on our own. We want to set an example of how progress can be made and work with people and organisations from every part of the borough to come together and do their bit to make a zero-carbon Melton a reality. We must reduce, reuse and recycle more, cut the amount of plastic we use, reduce our carbon emissions and do more to make our borough a better place to live, work and visit for generations to come.”
The Council will explore a number of areas including how to improve the energy efficiency of local homes; reducing emissions from its buildings and vehicles, and increasing the use of renewable energy. It will also explore the development of a ‘circular economy’, in which sustainable and renewable materials are reused and recycled as much as possible.
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