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Climate emergency work underway with £500k kickstarter fund

Rugby Borough Council’s Cabinet has approved the recommendations of its cross-party Climate Emergency Working Group in full, and will ask the Council to endorse the plans at its next ordinary meeting.

The Cabinet approved the measures at its meeting held last night (Monday 3 February 2020).

The recommendations were put together after the council declared a climate emergency unanimously in July last year, committing to work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

In their initial recommendations the working group acknowledges that more work will need to be done to work out how much carbon the council and the borough emit and how much work will need to be done to bring this to a net zero by the end of the decade. However the working group also identified key changes that will accelerate the council’s progress and recommended a £500,000 kickstarter fund that has been set aside to help fund the work.

The work will be split into six workstreams, to include a full appraisal of all of the council’s activities, providing community leadership on climate change, and identifying and implementing measures to respond to climate change.

Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “The scientific consensus points towards the climate emergency being a real and significant threat. Communities, the environment, and the economy may be severely affected without significant changes to the way we live, work, and move around.

I am grateful to the climate emergency working group for their initial work. There is still much more to be done before we start to make real progress but by adopting these recommendations we will have set the foundations for an action plan that will see zero net carbon emissions by 2030.”

Cllr Howard Roberts, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for Environment and Public Realm, who chairs the cross-party Climate Emergency Working Group, said: “The unanimous declaration of a climate emergency in July has set the tone for the cross-party work that we have been doing.

The Working Group acknowledges that building the effects of climate change into the council’s decision-making will have implications for the council’s budget, but a £500,000 kickstarter fund will help projects get off the ground during the initial phase should it be needed.

“There is a significant appetite amongst our staff and communities to get involved, and we look forward to making the most of this enthusiasm as work gets underway.”

More information on the council’s work towards becoming climate neutral will be published at

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