Climate emergency plan for Shropshire

A team of over 100 volunteers from across Shropshire, including businesses, councils, and community groups, have responded to the climate emergency by producing a plan for Shropshire.

The plan calls for an immediate response to the climate and ecological emergency, identifying a series of recommended actions suitable for everyone from individuals and households, to business and local government.

Across Shropshire both councils have declared climate emergencies and have set a 2030 target for becoming carbon neutral.

Organiser of the plan say it intends to help Shropshire contribute to national and international climate action, by delivering a net-zero Shropshire by 2030.

Allan Wilson, Chair of Shropshire Climate Action Partnership said: “We know the scale of the challenge, but also that we have the ability to meet it, working together."

He said Shropshire had a carbon footprint close to 6 million tonnes of CO2 per year, about 12 tonnes per person.

The partnership has highlighted in its report the dire consequences of not reducing this to zero by 2030.

"We are optimistic about Shropshire if all sectors work together on an emergency footing. Whilst the Plan identifies about 70 per cent of the changes needed to be successful, work will continue in 2021 to create a more comprehensive plan.

“Immediate actions are recommended from January 2021 that will achieve significant reductions if acted upon by households, businesses and councils across Shropshire. Time is pressing, and the biggest risk is failure to mobilise on the necessary scale for immediate implementation”.

But he also highlighted the positive opportunity saying: “The zero-carbon journey for Shropshire represents the biggest commercial opportunity of our time, and offers an excellent opportunity for employment and sustainable economic

growth”.

“Shropshire has tremendous renewable energy resources which can be developed. There is great potential for improving our energy efficiency, delivering a network of electric vehicle charging points and other positive investments in our future”.

“We welcome people’s comments to our first plan, while working with us to develop it further. We need everyone in Shropshire to be involved in this now”.

“We are asking people to initially measure their own individual and their family’s carbon footprint, and then adopt the simple achievable steps in our plan to work towards a zero carbon future.”

Join the partnership on the website and pledge your support at zerocarbonshropshire.org/sign-up.

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