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Climate Change Emergency motion submitted

Our new District Councillors have submitted one of the most ambitious and detailed Climate Emergency motions in the country to Warwick District Council. We’ve put it in and shared it in plenty of time ahead of the meeting on June 26th to give plenty of space for discussion with other parties. We need everyone’s expertise and contributions if we’re to address the Climate Crisis. We’d love to see a joint agreement worked out over the next few weeks that demonstrates that everyone is serious about tackling the huge challenges we face.

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The 10 point motion reads as follows:

Motion for Warwick District Council

To be proposed by Cllr Will Roberts and seconded by Cllr Ian Davison

Warwick District Council accepts the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s conclusion that global warming above 1.5oC greatly increases climate change risks such as extreme weather, diseases spreading, species extinction and poverty in Africa and Asia; and that ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities can support the implementation of ambitious actions implied by limiting global warming to 1.5oC

This Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ because of the significant and urgent action needed; consequently, Warwick District Council commits to:

  1. Becoming a net-zero carbon organisation, including contracted out services, by 2025 in terms of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
  2. Building to Passivhaus standards and following the UK Green Building Council framework for net zero carbon buildings by 2025, so that all new Warwick District Council buildings and Council housing will be net zero carbon thereafter.
  3. Retrofitting all council properties, particularly council houses, using recognised design and construction practices and performance-in-use monitoring to the Energiesprong standard or equivalent by 2030.
  4. Using all planning means available to ensure that all new houses are as close to zero carbon as is feasible within the current regulations; this includes vigorous performance-in-use testing.
  5. Requiring all District Council decisions relating to transport to facilitate a 50% reduction in vehicle emissions within the four towns in the district by reducing vehicle use and increasing use of electric vehicles.
  6. Ensuring that every policy proposal brought to Executive and/ or full Council considers the impact on climate change – both in terms of adaptation and mitigation.
  7. Facilitating decarbonisation by local businesses, other organisations and residents so that total carbon emissions within Warwick District are as close to zero as possible by 2030.
  8. Working with other local councils to lobby central government to halve UK carbon emissions from transport and buildings by 2030, including by funding and changing regulation to help address the above points.
  9. Engaging with and listening to young people including members of the Warwickshire Youth Parliament regarding approaches to tackling the climate emergency.
  10. Producing within six months an action plan to implement these commitments.

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