In July 2019, Full Council declared a Climate and Biodiversity emergency.
Following this, a cross-party Climate Emergency Advisory Panel (CEAP) was established to conduct an audit of the Council’s current carbon footprint and develop a pathway to reach net zero by 2030.
Full Council in July 2019 (FC29/19) confirmed that:
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council recognises the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence pointing to man-made climate change and the harmful impacts this is having on natural habitats and ecosystems, biodiversity and our lives in general.
It notes the early work undertaken to date by the Council including efforts to promote active travel, increase recycling and the reduction of plastic usage in the Town Hall but understands it needs to do more.
It recognises that it has a responsibility to take a firm lead on reducing the council’s and the wider borough’s carbon emissions and in furtherance of this responsibility agrees to: