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Here is how Stroud District Council is working towards a Carbon Neutral District by 2030

Published: Tuesday, 4 June, 2019

Stroud District Council is mapping out how it will help the whole district hit an ambitious environmental target to help protect future generations against climate change.

After declaring a climate change emergency in November 2018, the council’s Environment Committee is being asked to approve a framework of measures to help the district become carbon neutral by 2030.

The council is the first in Europe to be carbon neutral but is aiming for the whole district to play its part in addressing climate change.

On Thursday evening (June 6) the committee will be asked to vote on setting up a cross-party group of councillors and council staff to co-ordinate a long list of actions aimed at achieving carbon neutral status by 2030.

Those actions include retrofitting homes with greener energy options, up-to-date energy standards for homes, more work on low carbon heating, working with Gloucestershire County Council as transport authority to offer more low carbon transport options, new renewable energy developments, implementing investment and including provision in new developments for cycle paths, working with partners to achieve effective community engagement, and recruiting a new post to achieve these actions. Financial implications would be evaluated before going ahead with them.

Environment Committee chair Simon Pickering said:

"Dangerous climate change is now inevitable but have the opportunity to prevent catastrophic climate change for future generations by taking action now.

"To become a Carbon Neutral District by 2030, whilst an ambitious target, is technically possible, though working with a wide range of partners and all the residents of the area."

The full report is available at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/media/1032856/item-6-progressing-carbon-neutral-2030-cn2030.pdf

The meeting starts at 7pm and all are welcome to attend, or watch a webcast live and recorded at http://c.connectedviews.com/03/sdc

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