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Cambridgeshire County Council invites the community to have its say on draft Climate and Environment Strategy

Following its declaration of a Climate and Environment Emergency in May 2019, Cambridgeshire County Council on Thursday (19) agreed to launch consultation on ambitious plans to reduce its own and the County’s carbon footprint, and to support others in their efforts.

Since its declaration, an officers working group and a cross-party Member steering group have developed a draft strategy using the very best information available, including work commissioned by the council from the University of Cambridge.

The strategy looks at: what the council can do itself; where the council can collaborate with others; and the actions of others it can further encourage and support.

Councillor Steve Count.
Councillor Steve Count.

This outlines how the council plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the council, and a range of measures to help communities adapt to the change already happening, and enhance nature and the benefits it provides.

“As a council we have done lots already we can be proud of to reduce our carbon footprint – planting 25,000 trees, already investing £22million into carbon reductions and having a further £56 million identified in our business plan to continue to support measures to protect our environment. We are not a council that rests on our laurels. We are looking towards the future and the decisions we must take today to address the urgent changes needed to protect our environment,” said Councillor Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.

“This strategy is how we plan to move forward working together with our partners.

“The message on climate change is clear - none of us can afford not to do this,” said Councillor Josh Schumann, chairman of the council’s commercial and investment committee who seconded the motion. "This strategy sets ambitious yet realistic targets, based on clear research and highlights how we can achieve them.”

As part of the Strategy development, the council is keen to understand what the wider community thinks of the targets and actions it plans to set itself and its suppliers, and how it can work to help community action to accelerate

The consultation begins on December 20 until January 31 during which time the council will be gathering feedback at a range of events across the county, and via an online survey.

The council is particularly interested to hear the views of younger people following the engagement of Coun Steve Count with Cambridgeshire students during the past year.

The council’s Energy Team is already booked to do a range of presentations at schools across Cambridgeshire, as well as engaging the wider population at parish council meetings and residents’ forums events and if you are an organisation interested in learning more – you can contact them at mlei@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

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