Hythe Town Council declares climate emergency

Contributed by editor on Jul 06, 2019 - 10:55 AM


It's reported Hythe Town Council has declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and will work to make its activities carbon neutral by 2025.

Councillors voted on the declaration at a full council meeting on Thursday evening (4 July).

Conservatives lost control of Hythe Town Council at the local elections in May and the largest group is now a coalition of six Green Party councillors, one Lib Dem and two independent residents group councillors (there are 16 councillors in total, with a Green mayor).

A sub-committee of the council will now draw up an action plan, using a framework provided by the Carbon Trust, which will be discussed by the full council later this year.

The town council will work with its partners and contractors, and investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding, to support its commitment to carbon neutrality.

Hythe Town councillor, Martin Whybrow, who introduced the item said: “It is vital that all levels of central and local government play their part in tackling the greatest threat to our planet.

"It is wholly appropriate that Hythe Town Council joins 100+ other councils around country in declaring a Climate Emergency. Urgent action is required if we are to stand any chance of limiting global warming. Locally, our communities are particularly exposed to coastal flooding and, as a result of more extreme weather events, surface water flooding, alongside the loss of biodiversity from our local gardens, open spaces and countryside.”

The precise actions that will follow the declaration will be set out by the sub-committee but among items likely to feature are a switch to renewable energy, improved energy efficiency of the council’s properties, a feasibility study for solar panels for those properties, and a programme of tree planting for carbon offsetting.

The full Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration

Hythe Town Council recognises and declares that we are facing a Climate and Ecological Emergency and will commit resources and align its policies to address this;

HTC will set a target of carbon neutrality from its activities of 2025 at the latest using the Carbon Trust framework, with an Action Plan for achieving this, to be drawn up by a sub-committee of full council which will bring recommended actions to full council for consideration, comment and approval;

HTC will report annually at full council on its progress towards the target;

HTC will work with partners and contract providers and will investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.

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