On the 24th of July 2019, at a meeting of Peterborough City Council’s Full Council, members unanimously declared a climate emergency and agreed to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030. The motion commits the Council to achieving 100 per cent clean energy across its buildings and services by 2030 and ensuring that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon across the entire city by 2030.
Leader of the Council, Councillor John Holdich, who put forward the motion, said:
"This motion is not about Peterborough. It’s not about politics. It’s about doing the right thing. The right thing for people, for places, for nature.
This motion is about being honest. Being honest that humans are causing damage to the very planet that sustains us. Being honest that resources are being wasted. Being honest that biodiversity is in decline, and temperatures are climbing.
We cannot go on in ignorance of the fact that our climate is changing. We cannot go on knowing the harm we are causing but then not alter our ways. We cannot go on, saying it is someone else’s problem to deal with. We, in this room, are elected to represent our constituents.
We are elected to show leadership. We are elected to make decisions for the greater good. And there is no greater good than helping to save the planet we live on. This Council has a good record at promoting and delivering on environment matters. In 1992 we were declared one of four Environment Cities. In 2014 we adopted targets to set us on a course to ‘one planet’ living. We have done numerous positive actions. But we can do more. We must do more.
I am in no doubt, that we have entered a worldwide climate emergency. And I am in no doubt that action taken locally can make a difference. A local contribution to the global problem may be small, but it helps. But it also sends a message. A message that Peterborough acknowledges that humans must change their ways. We must declare a climate emergency, and we must all take action now to address it.”
This Carbon Management Action Plan is the first major step we are taking to deliver our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions across the Council’s operations. This plan details where the Council’s current emissions come from, existing plans we’ve got to reduce emissions and the areas we will focus on to achieve reductions over the next two years.
This plan is the first step, but we are committed to working with the whole city to reduce emissions. Through implementing this plan we commit to working at a local level to demonstrate leadership to the business and residential community and directly support the UK Government’s delivery of its commitments within the Climate Change Act