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Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council calls on Government to do more to tackle Climate Change

Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council calls on Government to do more to tackle Climate Change

The leader of Chesterfield Borough Council has written to the Prime Minister and other senior Government Ministers to demand more action on climate change.

Councillor Tricia Gilby has sent the letter to coincide with COP26 in Glasgow. In it she highlights the scale and urgency of the climate crisis, whilst asking Government several key questions including:

  • What is the government’s expectation of the role of local authorities in meeting national net zero targets?
  • Isn’t it time for the government to introduce a duty on local authorities to act in accordance with Net Zero and create a common reporting system for local climate action plans?
  • Isn’t it also time for the government to move away from asking local authorities to compete for funding and instead provide long-term sustainable funding for councils like Chesterfield to invest in progressing their local delivery plans?
  • How will the government measure the impact and value of the policies outlined in their recently published Net Zero Strategy?
  • What additional powers and funding will the government provide local authorities to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and successfully adapt to a changing climate?

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, deputy leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Chesterfield along with over 300 other councils across the country has already stepped up in declaring a climate emergency and through a range of measures has been systematically working to reduce emissions and adapt its operations to a changing climate.

“In Chesterfield since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, we have not stood still. We initially worked with several committed community and business partners to create a climate action plan and have since delivered against 80% of our initial actions. We will continue to develop climate action plans on a four-year basis in order to meet our target of becoming a net zero organisation by 2030 and a net zero borough by 2050 at the latest.

“Local authorities are uniquely placed to mobilise collective action across the country, yet the government continue to underutilise our capabilities in the delivery of their carbon reduction strategies. We need the government to provide councils with the powers, policies and funding required, otherwise they will not meet the national net zero targets.”

The full letter sent to Government can be read on the council’s website

Any response from Government will also be published on the council’s website.

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