15 May 2019
RESOLVED that this Council notes:
- That humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world.
- That global temperatures have already increased by 1°C from pre-industrial levels and atmospheric CO2 far exceeds levels deemed to be safe for humanity.
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on global warming of 1.5°C, published in January 2019, which tells us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities.
- That the world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050.
- That the consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority.
This Council further notes that:
- The UK is responsible for 1% of the world’s CO2 emissions, and whilst we have reduced those emissions more than any other developed country, this council notes that without global action we will not succeed.
- New Zealand, France, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have all committed to zero carbon by 2050.
- This is the recommended position of the independent Committee on Climate Change.
- This is the position of parliament, as first laid out by Alex Chalk MP, and later supported by Jeremy Corbyn MP in an opposition day debate last month.
- The IPCC has acknowledged that we must immediately reduce the amount of carbon emissions by 2030.
- Gloucestershire County Council recently appointed a Cabinet Member with specific responsibilities tied to climate change.
- Gloucestershire County Council is on target to reduce corporate carbon emissions by 60% by 2020/21 against its 2006/07 baseline.
- Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits
- Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency.
- The UK Parliament has recognised the climate emergency
- The County Council has a leadership role, along with other public sector bodies, in reducing Carbon emissions across the whole county.
This Council resolves to:
- This Council welcomes and endorses on behalf of Gloucestershire the declaration of a climate change emergency by parliament on behalf of the UK and urges other countries to do the same.
- Commit towards an 80 per cent reduction in the Council`s corporate carbon emissions no later than 2030, striving towards 100 percent with carbon offsetting by the same date.
- Commits the Council to following the scientific advice of the Committee on Climate Change, as advocated in parliament by Alex Chalk MP, and subsequently by Jeremy Corbyn MP, and deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050, and work with partners to identify what measures would be needed to deliver a stepped target of 80% carbon reduction by 2030 to reflect the IPCC report on climate change.
- Call on Central Government to provide additional powers and resources to support local and national action towards this 2030 target.
- Lobby national government to commit to 100 per cent carbon neutrality by 2050.
- Consider its contracts going forward to oblige all contractors to report their carbon emissions and to place a ‘carbon/environmental cost’ on competing bids.
- Do all in its power to adopt, implement and strengthen the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy.
- Ensure that our major plans, such as the local transport plan, have clearly identified strategies to reduce carbon emissions.
- Work with district and borough councils to reduce the districts’ carbon footprint within their corporate strategies.
Provide an annual report to the Environment Committee, with a performance update on a quarterly basis to the relevant committees including details of the resources required to meet the Council’s 2030 carbon neutral target.
RESOLVED that this Council notes:
that Gloucester Crown Court is a Grade II listed building, linked to Shire Hall, but that it is no longer fit for modern day criminal justice.
This Council agrees to write to the Justice Secretary at the Ministry of Justice requesting that a new Crown Court, to handle criminal cases, is built to serve the county of Gloucestershire, or the refurbishment of existing facilities is explored.
This Council also agrees that a new Crown Court could be part of a new 21st Century Justice Centre, which may also contain Magistrate and County Courts.