Lib Dems on Cornwall Council leading the way with climate change development plan

Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council set out climate change development plan for public consultation 

Cornwall’s Climate Emergency Development Plan Document was approved for public consultation at Cabinet. 

In January 2019, Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency requiring a development plan to support carbon reduction in Cornwall through planning policies. This plan has now been approved for a public consultation from August 2020. 

The climate change development plan builds on Cornwall Council’s action on climate change including: 

  • The Forest for Cornwall which will eventually cover 8,000 hectares and capture up to 38,000 tonnes of carbon each year.  
  • Retrofitting of Cornwall Housing homes to make them more energy efficient.   
  • Invested in a 3mw wind turbine and 2 deep geothermal projects.  
  • Applied for grants to significantly increase the number of electric vehicle charging points across Cornwall 

Edwina Hannaford, Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods said:   

“I am delighted that the climate change development plan has been approved for public consultation. We are facing a new emergency in Covid-18, but the climate emergency is already with us. It may have a slower lead in time but nonetheless, it is an emergency which we have to respond to with the same level of urgency and fortitude. As with COVID, I believe that climate change will affect all parts of our society, but will affect those least able to respond not just locally but globally. 

“I strongly support the need to attack one of the main emitting areas at the root cause of climate change, namely the way we generate the energy we need. We have largely decarbonised electricity generation but we will have to respond to a growing demand for electricity as we move away from fossil fuels and use of gas to heat our homes, another large carbon emitting area.” 

The climate change development plan will provide the policy context for increasing the generation of more renewable energy essential to us striving to our goal of net carbon neutrality by 2030. 

“But it’s not just about renewables and carbon reduction, there are undoubted environmental benefits, but also social benefits by addressing fuel poverty by having better insulated homes, there are clear links between human health and wellbeing and access to the environment through cycle routes and sustainable public transport and of course environmental benefits to protect trees and hedges.” 

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