Ards and North Down is set to assess how it can become a Carbon Neutral Council I raised the issue at Council.
Recognising the importance of the issue, I have helped ensure the local authority will step up in the battle against climate change, aiming to create a low carbon future with officers set to start work on possible timescales for achieving carbon neutrality with unanimous decision of the Committee ratified by full Council at the end of November.
I'm pleased my Council colleagues have recognised the importance of this issue and backed me in my plans to see Ards and North Down lead the way when it comes to the fight against climate change.
Global action on Climate Change is now widespread focused both on reducing emissions and adapting how our environments, societies and assets are managed in response to the impacts of Climate Change.
In terms of reducing emissions, the International Community has already agreed to reduce global warming by two degrees Celsius requiring significant deep and challenging levels of decarbonisation.
As a Council we have a duty to play our part in these efforts striving towards carbon neutrality and are, I believe, up to the challenge as already proven in relation to, for example, our recycling efforts.
In joining me in this campaign my Council colleagues have sent a strong message that we all have a duty to create a sustainable future for the next generation.