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Lib Dem success getting improved plans for dealing with the Climate Emergency

February 4, 2022 4:24 PM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats at Herts County Council have scored a success in getting the council to improve its plans for dealing with the climate emergency. Lib Dem Environment spokesperson Councillor Steve Jarvis put down a motion calling for the council to improve its plans in the light of COP26, including setting clear targets for cutting emissions, requiring developments on council land to be zero carbon and making sure that road building plans do not undermine the council's bid for a net-zero carbon county. At a meeting of the council's environment panel this week it was agreed that the "Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy" would be reviewed taking these things into account.

Steve Jarvis said, "Although Herts County Council has made a start on dealing with the climate emergency there is much more that is required. There needs to be much more commitment across the council to achieving the targets of a carbon neutral council by 2030 and a net zero county by 2050 - and of course the latter target is not good enough. The council also needs to invest more if the targets are to be met - Essex is spending £200 million, massively more than Herts.

"Reviewing the strategy and making it more ambitious is a step in the right direction, so I am glad that this has been agreed in response to our proposals."