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Cornwall Council and the Climate Emergency – and why I am blogging about it!

Last week the press local to the PKF Francis Clark office in which I am based, Truro, picked up and reported on Cornwall Council’s press release setting out what that had achieved one year on from being one of first of Council’s to declare a climate emergency.

I am blogging/ writing on this because:

  1. I think it is the important issue for 2020 and one I am personally pleased to see my local council take a lead on
  2. I am interested from a private sector business perspective as I act for a number of businesses operating in the Cornwall council area and the Council’s plans will in some cases impact on them directly or incorrectly

Cornwall Council – One year on from declaring a Climate Emergency

In September last year I blogged on Cornwall Council’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Now one year on from the declaration, the following have been listed in the press release to mark this anniversary:

Forest for Cornwall At least 50,000 trees have been planted as part of the first phase of the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall, the Council’s flagship natural climate solution project, with help from key partners, in particular the Woodland Trust, schools and communities
Housing The Whole House Retrofit innovation project has been developed to pilot improvements to 83 existing Council owned social housing homes to make them more energy efficient. Work will start on the first homes in April, using innovative solutions to help reduce running costs by at least 20% and emissions by 80%.
Travel A £23 million pilot scheme will support new bus subsidies and reduce bus fares, which will be introduced this year, and the new multi-modal hub at St Erth is now helping more people to be able to use public transport in Cornwall.
Renewable Energy Council investment in renewable energy has enabled wells to be drilled at United Downs to explore Cornwall’s deep geothermal heat resource and work to begin on developing a wind turbine project at Ventonteague off the A30.
Policy Cornwall Council has met with town and parish councils and other key organisations to help shape the initial scoping of a Climate Change Development Plan Document, or DPD, which will provide policy for requiring future development in Cornwall to be more energy efficient, promote the use of renewables, and managing coastal change and flood areas.

The Council’s new decision-making wheel has been introduced to ensure all key decisions take into account social, economic and environmental impacts and can ensure that people aren’t negatively impacted. Every service across the Council recognises their role in responding to the climate emergency and is building the decision wheel into their service plans.

Farming “We are piloting anaerobic digestion on our County Farms, alongside working with farmers to enable sustainable farming to increase carbon sequestration.”
Health “We are collaborating with health colleagues to help manage the public sector carbon footprint, and understand and mitigate the impact of climate change related health risks. We have teamed up with the Eden Project, encouraging everyone to pledge to ‘Make the Change’ using the practical ideas in their carbon reducing tips for greener living.”

Breakfast briefing – 5 March 2020

I am really pleased that Mark Holmes (Carbon Neutral Cornwall Manager) will be presenting at my March breakfast to update us on their Climate Change Action Plan and hopefully pick up on the opportunities this presents for businesses in the county.  For more details on this event and to book a place, please see link.

By Andrew James

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