The Council has joined UK100, a cross-party membership organisation that supports the most ambitious councils to go further and faster on their net zero and clean air targets.
UK100, is a network of local government leaders who have pledged to lead a rapid transition to net zero. This means reducing carbon emissions as much as possible to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Membership of UK100 means the Council will seek to devise and implement plans for the transition to clean energy that are ambitious and cost effective by working with communities and businesses to achieve this goal.
The benefit of joining enables us to be part of collective advocacy and facilitating dialogue with national politicians to ensure the Government works with local authorities to deliver on the climate and biodiversity crisis.
In becoming a member of UK100 the Council has signed the UK100 pledge:
As local leaders across the UK, we recognise our responsibility to tackle the climate emergency and take bold action towards Net Zero.
We will continue to lead the UK’s response to climate change, acting sooner than the government’s goal by making substantial progress within the next decade to deliver Net Zero.
We will use our experience and achievements to advocate to the UK government in order to accelerate the delivery of ambitious local climate action. With greater powers and funding, we would go further.
We commit to do everything within our power and influence to rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and work with our residents and businesses to bring our wider communities’ emissions in line with Net Zero as soon as possible.
We pledge to understand our impact on climate change, prioritise where action needs to be taken and monitor progress towards our goals. We will reduce our emissions at source and limit the use of carbon offsets as part of the global effort to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
We are closer to the people who live and work in our communities, so we have a better understanding of their needs. This means we can collaborate with them to build consensus for the solutions we need to transition to a Net Zero society that delivers multiple benefits and is fair, just and works for everyone.