Cheltenham Borough Council reaffirms commitment to cutting carbon emissions
BOROUGH Council bosses have reaffirmed their pledge to cut the authority's carbon emissions.
Councillors agreed this evening to sign up to the Climate Local initiative - setting out the Council's targets and the actions it will take to go greener in the coming years.
It means Cheltenham Borough Council will continue to strive to cut its carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020.
The scheme is the work of the Local Government Association and it replaces the Nottingham Declaration which set similar goals and was signed by councils, including Cheltenham, in 2002.
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Councillor Roger Whyborn (LD, Up Hatherley), cabinet member for sustainability, said: "This follows on from the Nottingham Declaration that was signed by a number of councils up and down the land stating our commitment to mitigating climate change.
"One council might not be able to do too much on its own but stacked up with everyone else it will make a difference.
"This will give us additional reasons to maintain the targets we have already set of achieving a 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020, based on a baseline set in 2005."
Cabinet members voted unanimously in favour of signing up to the agreement at a meeting at the Municipal Offices tonight.
Becoming a signatory to the agreement will 'reaffirm publicly the Council's commitment to tackling climate change', according to the authority.
The scope of the carbon emissions work is not only focused on the Municipal Offices either.
"This is not just about the Municipal Offices building but also the areas that we contract out," Mr Whyborn said.
"For example, although we won't be managing Leisure@ in the future we will still own the building and we will still have these commitments through the managers there."
Councillor Steve Jordan (LD, All Saints), leader of the council, added: "Pretty much everyone realises that we all have contributions to make to tackle climate change.
"The question I suppose is how we continue this work in a time of austerity."