Lib Dems Call for Greater Powers for Local Councils to Tackle Carbon Emissions

By Conor McKenzie, Jul 03, 2020 9:07

  • Harrogate district’s carbon emissions are falling too slowly to even reach net zero carbon by 2050.

  • Liberal Democrats call for more local powers to tackle congestion, invest in public transport, insulate homes, and create green jobs.

  • Lib Dems also call for a declaration of a Climate Emergency locally, committing to net zero carbon by 2030 — Conservatives have refused.

We need both councils to play their part and commit to working toward net zero carbon by 2030.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for greater powers for Harrogate Borough Council to take action on carbon emissions as figures show progress to cut emissions across the UK has stalled since 2016. 

In Harrogate district emissions have fallen from 1,140.6 to 1,081.1kt CO2 — not even fast enough to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050.

Highlighting the need for “bold action”, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to grant more powers to local authorities to tackle climate change, and for the districts’ two local authorities to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to net zero carbon by 2030.

Councillor Pat Marsh, Liberal Democrat Leader on Harrogate Borough Council, said: 

“We’re calling for the Government to give local authorities more powers to take action on carbon emissions. This means powers to tackle congestion, invest in public transport, insulate our homes, and create new green jobs.

“If the Conservatives running our councils are unwilling to take bold action to tackle climate change locally, residents can be sure that Liberal Democrat councillors running them will.

“We’ve been fighting to declare a Climate Emergency on Harrogate Borough Council for well over a year but the Conservatives have refused. We need both councils to play their part and commit to working toward net zero carbon by 2030.

“Doing this will require courageous measures and bringing the whole community together, something we feel a Citizens’ Assembly — a fully-representative and independent body made up of local residents tasked with researching and agreeing solutions — would be best placed to help do.”

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