Cornwall’s trailblazing Climate Change Plan is singled out for ‘excellence’ praise

Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council are celebrating after the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan has been singled out as a model for other councils to follow in a new report by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

The newly released report is designed to ‘assist councils to navigate their way through the transition of turning a climate emergency declaration into a plan for action.

Cornwall was picked out as one of the few APSE member councils who, having declared a climate emergency, have translated these declarations into action plans.

The report acknowledges Cornwall Council as one of the first authorities to publish a climate action plan and uses the Cornwall example to create a list of suggested actions that councils can take in the next few years in order to address climate change. It goes on to say, ‘with its breadth of ambition (the target is for emissions across the whole of the county, not just the authority’s own emissions) and detailed timeline, it can serve as a model of what is required.’

Edwina Hannaford, Lib Dem portfolio holder for Climate Change at Cornwall Council said:

“It is really pleasing that the ground-breaking work carried out by the Climate Change Team at Cornwall Council has been recognised by such a prestigious national body, whose remit is specifically to promote excellence within public service.”

“Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council will do everything we possibly can to help move our climate action plan forward in very difficult circumstances. It’s not just a plan for the council, although we are working to get our own house in order, but a plan for ‘one and all’ in Cornwall as collectively we strive for net zero carbon by 2030. To successfully achieve our goal, everyone has a role to play.

“We have already begun that process in planting over 50,000 trees in the new Forest for Cornwall, introducing green buses on routes across Cornwall and have match funded a program to retrofit Cornwall Housing properties with technology that will make them more energy efficient.

“The coronavirus emergency is in the process of inflicting significant damage on our economy, but Liberal Democrats believe that this represents an opportunity to rebuild using sustainable means. We have always said to get to net zero it can’t be ‘business as usual’, this is a once in a generation opportunity following the terrible pandemic to shape what that looks like.  Here in Cornwall we are examining all options and intend to seize that opportunity.”

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