The Climate Emergency Advisory Committee (CEAC) met for the first time on 15 October 2019.
The committee, chaired by Cllr David Grant, agreed to make the following recommendations – that the council should aspire to become carbon neutral by 2030 and become a carbon neutral district by 2045.
As a first step, the committee is recommending the council should aim for a 75 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in their own operations by 2025 and a 75 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in the district by 2030.
The role of the new Climate Emergency Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to Cabinet on how Vale of White Horse District Council can reduce damage to the global and local environment through its policies and practices.
Among the topics discussed by the committee was the council’s response to the climate emergency through its policies and projects and how it runs its day-to-day operations. There was an emphasis on the need for research into feasibility of proposed changes and also partnership working across the county at all levels with Vale of White Horse giving the lead for towns, parishes and residents to make changes.