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Scarborough 'Climate Emergency' Task Group To Be Setup

Scarborough 'Climate Emergency' Task Group To Be Setup

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 2:35pm 23rd October 2019.

Scarborough Council is set to appoint a task group to help it meet its commitments to preventing a ”climate emergency”.

The borough authority declared the emergency in January and committed itself to hit a number of goals and targets, including making the area carbon neutral by 2030.

In a report to go before the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee next Wednesday (30th) the council’s Operations, Transport and Countryside manager Paul Thompson writes that it needs to be “bold” in order to meet the targets.

He wrote:  

“The advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that reduction in carbon use must happen within the next 11 years to ensure that the reduced target global temperature rise is met.

Consequently, the council must develop and implement recommendations swiftly and monitor and review progress towards implementation.

It is particularly pertinent to take action now as 2019 has been declared the ‘Year of Green Action’ as part of the Government Environment Strategy.

The council’s net carbon emissions for 2018/19 are estimated to be 2,100 tonnes per annum.

In order to reduce this to net zero by 2030 the council will have to commit to at least a 10% year on year reduction, significantly surpassing the target set in the current sustainability strategy.”

The report adds that the Scarborough Council area has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita of any of the North Yorkshire districts.

The Overview and Scrutiny Board will be asked to create the climate change task group and set its terms of reference for a strategic review.

The report concludes that the outcomes of the group’s work should lead to “a draft set of climate change strategic objectives which are realistic, achievable and have widespread community and stakeholder support”.


There are 4 comments on this page.

zara, on 23rd October 2019 5:09pm
another waste of taxpayers money then!!! All it will result in is more people on the council given fancy titles and able to claim more expenses for more meetings and any stupid ideas they come up with will just cost the 'wider community' (ie. the poor saps that pay council tax) more money
XRScarbs, on 25th October 2019 9:17pm
If you believe that the cost of doing something to mitigate climate disaster is more expensive then doing nothing, then you simply must not yet know about climate disaster. Extinctions Rebellions first demand is that the government "Tell the Truth" about the severity of the emergency. Its such a relief to see they are again taking the lead in taking the issue seriously. Go SBC.
Theresa Norton, on 25th October 2019 10:24pm
Any glib comments belie the seriousness of the situation we are facing. The climate crisis is all too real and that is why our government and our council has declared climate emergency. Although our government has so far failed to act on this declaration let's hope sbc can rise to the challenge, it may not be easy but we have no other option but to try
NickyElson, on 25th October 2019 10:53pm
Great that the council are acting on the promises they made. The costs will be massive if we don't tackle the climate issues.

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