Climate emergency declared by Brent
10 July 2019
Brent Council will strive for carbon neutrality by 2030 after joining more than 100 other councils and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in declaring a climate and ecological emergency.
The motion, which was passed unanimously by Full Council on Monday (July 8), aims to:
- Promote the importance of local biodiversity and natural habitats.
- Deliver reductions in carbon emissions by supporting renewable alternatives.
- Create a Carbon Offset Fund, to ensure that new developments fund projects that reduce toxic emissions elsewhere in the borough.
- To work with every household and business in Brent, as well as with the national government, so that everyone plays a part in making Brent the cleanest, greenest borough in London.
The Council has spearheaded numerous green initiatives in recent years. These include introducing a diesel levy on parking permits to incentivise greener transport, creating a seven mile bee corridor to boost biodiversity, and helping businesses to think about their impact through the Plastic Free Wembley initiative. What's more, Brent Council's Civic Centre has been recognised as one of the greenest public buildings in the UK.
It was also announced that climate change would be added to Cllr Krupa Sheth's brief. Cllr Sheth, the Cabinet Member for Environment said: "We have taken some innovative first steps to reduce our environmental footprint, but there is much more we can and must do, both as a council and as individuals.
"By declaring a climate emergency, we have recognised the challenge and urgency climate change poses for us all; there is a lot of work ahead, but we must lead by example as a local council."
The full motion can be viewed here.