Decision details

Notice of Motion - Climate Emergency Declaration

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet received a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place) which had been prepared in response to the above Notice of Motion presented to Council on 18th July 2019 by Councillor Mulroney.




1.    That in taking forward the Motion, the current position in respect to the Council’s own CO2 emissions which have already been reduced by 75%, be noted.  Subject to completion of the current capital programme and that proposed in the 2050 outcomes, the Council is expected to achieve net-zero by 2024/5.


2.    That in taking forward the Motion, the implications of the proposed Declaration of Climate Emergency and its potential impact on all areas of the Council, be noted.


3.    That in taking forward the Motion, the Council’s leadership opportunity be noted, but that achieving net-zero for the Borough by 2030 will require coordinated actions across all parts of the Borough and will be an enormous undertaking which may take resources from other priorities.


4.    That Cabinet lobby Government (via LGA) with other Local Authorities to ensure that funds are made available to increase the work towards achieving carbon neutral status.


Reasons for Decisions


Major reductions in emissions are required across the world to mitigate against climate change and hold global warming to less than 2 degrees, preferably 1.5 degrees.


Other Options




Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible to call in to Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Councillor Mulroney

Report author: Carl Robinson

Publication date: 20/09/2019

Date of decision: 17/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 17/09/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 28/10/2019

This decision has been called in by:

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