A big step to tackle the climate emergency

Released on July 1, 2019

Senior councillors in the Vale of White Horse are hoping to establish a new committee to help the council tackle issues around the climate emergency.

The council declared a climate emergency in February 2019 and the new Climate Emergency Advisory Committee would be a big step to ensuring the council meets its responsibilities towards meeting the challenge of this international issue.

The proposed committee would be politically balanced and would meet in public to advise the council’s Cabinet on matters relating to the climate emergency. It would set out to help strengthen the council’s environmental performance and provide community leadership on the subject. It would also aim to work with partner organisations and local businesses and community groups on addressing the issues.

This new committee would make recommendations to the Cabinet on how the council can reduce damage to the global and local environment through its policies and practices.

The committee could research ways in which the council can contribute to national and countywide targets on climate and energy issues and identify sources of external funding relating to the climate emergency.

Cllr Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Having declared a Climate Emergency, the new Vale Cabinet are determined to take action. If approved by my fellow councillors in July, this committee will provide a focus for identifying ways council services across the Vale can contribute to carbon reduction targets and minimise the damage to our environment.”

Councillors will consider a report on the subject at the full Vale of White Horse District Council meeting on 17 July at The Beacon in Wantage.