Hounslow's Climate Emergency Declaration
Hounslow declared a Climate Emergency at a meeting of Borough Council on 18 June 2019, joining with over 100 UK local authorities, the Greater London Authority and national government. The council committed to reviewing existing arrangements to reduce the council’s carbon footprint and to identifying measures towards making the council’s activities carbon neutral and ultimately zero-carbon within the shortest achievable timeframe.
As part of the declaration, the council went on to pledge the following:
- To run a citizen engagement exercise on tackling the Climate Emergency through a series of workshops, following the Cleaner Borough model
- Produce a Climate Emergency Action Plan by December 2019, in conjunction with the Greener Borough Strategy
- Start a year of Environmental Action, including lobbying for the appropriate powers and funding for local and regional governments to achieve ambitious net-zero targets such as 2030.
At a meeting of Borough Council on 23 July 2019, the council declared a motion recognising the Government's amendment to the 2008 Climate Change Act which introduced a legally binding net zero carbon target for the UK by 2050. The council welcomes this change in UK law and urges the Government to consider all possible ways to bring this target forward.
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