Monday, 1 April 2019

Carbon Neutral Council progress welcomed

I have thanked Council officers for progressing proposals that the Local Authority become Carbon Neutral, potentially leading the way as the first Council in Northern Ireland to achieve this status.

After proposing that Ards and North Down Borough Council work to become a Carbon Neutral Council in October last year I am delighted to now receive a report from Council officers providing a useful update on work to achieve this important status.

With the world now in the midst of a Climate Emergency the need for action to avert potentially devastating consequences of global warming is of paramount importance with just 12 years remaining to act on climate change to prevent a catastrophe 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, work done via procurement procedures to ensure
contracts with energy providers encourage the use of green energy with energy efficiency of Council buildings reviewed on a quarterly basis.

I am very grateful to Council officers for work undertaken and research planned to enable development practical ways as part of wider goal to achieve carbon neutrality and look forward to further updates as Ards and North Down Borough Council travels its’ journey towards a more environmentally friendly carbon neutral future”

Notice of Motion proposed in October 2018 “That this Council agrees that Climate Change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time, affirms that Council has an important leadership role in creating a low carbon future and accordingly requests that officers bring back a report on the possibilities of Ards and North Down Borough Council becoming a Carbon Neutral Council including possible timescales for achieving carbon neutrality.

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