Climate change plans gather momentum

Published Thursday, 10 October 2019

Plans to tackle climate change are gathering momentum in Hinckley and Bosworth.

At the council meeting in July 2019 the Borough Council declared a climate change emergency to ensure that the council is properly focused on playing its part to address the climate change crisis. Councillors pledged to take local action to contribute to national carbon neutral targets through the development of practices and policies, with an aim to being carbon neutral in the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth by 2030.

The council has already taken some practical steps over many years including moving to more energy efficient public buildings, such as the leisure centre and Hinckley Hub, as well as a raft of other measures such as switching officers to digital inspection forms, going peat free and reducing reliance on pesticides.

Now the council is exploring further, wider reaching measures, designed to limit the effects of global warming both inside and outside of the organisation via its partner organisations. Council members and officers have already drawn up a long list of potential ideas and changes which officers are working through the list to decide what is feasible and to assess their likely impacts. The council is also looking at opportunities to share expertise by working with businesses and schools in the borough.

Earlier this summer, councillors declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and pledged to:

  1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’
  2. Do what is within our powers, to work towards making Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (HBBC) carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions
  3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to achieve the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and to implement best practice methods to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius
  4. Report to Council within six to nine months with an action plan, outlining how the council will address this emergency. The action plan will detail the leadership role HBBC will take in promoting community, public, business and other council partnerships to achieve this carbon neutral 2030 commitment throughout the borough. The action plan will also outline the staff time and resources required to undertake the actions to achieve the targets
  5. Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.

Executive Member for Climate Change Cllr Martin Cartwright said:

We recognise the role the council has to play with officers and members working together on the Borough Council's plan, but this is something we cannot do alone. Everyone has to play their part and we will be working with local organisations and businesses to ensure collectively we can work towards meeting the targets declared in the climate change emergency. We are under no illusions that there will be some difficult choices that we all need to make that is why we are developing our plans over a number of months to make sure we consider the impacts of our decisions. Climate change impact is very much a top priority for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. Climate impact has been a focus of this council cross party for many years with changes being made to its working practices all the time. The full official Climate Emergency Plan will be published in due course.