Norwich City Council sets target to become carbon neutral by 2030

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The city council has set a target of 2030 to become net zero for carbon emissions, as a new climate strategy has been published.

Norwich City Council has unveiled its environmental strategy for the next five years, covering 2020-2025.

The plans were published this week after being agreed by the council’s climate emergency panel in June.

A new action plan and target to make the council net zero for carbon emissions by 2030 are included in the plans.

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Kevin Maguire, climate panel chairman and cabinet member for sustainable city environment, said: “We are very pleased to be able to publish this strategy. Our Norwich 2040 Vision commits us to maintaining a liveable city for future generations.

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“We have achieved great success in this field over recent years, and we must continue to press on.”

Since the last strategy, the council has seen a 60pc fall in its own C02 emissions and there has been a 45pc fall in emissions from the entire city.

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Jamie Osborn, Green Party deputy leader and climate emergency panel member, said: “Green councillors have repeatedly expressed their concerns about the council’s environmental strategy, including the failure to adopt a 2030 target for citywide emissions and the omission of major sources of future emissions including transport and certain new developments.

“As a result of the concerns raised by Green councillors, half the members of the CEEEP (Climate Emergency and Executive Panel) were unable to endorse the council’s environmental strategy and it was only the chair’s casting vote that got it through.

“Green councillors will continue to work to push the city council’s climate plans to the necessary level and to suggest specific actions that can be taken to reduce emissions, such as investing in renewable energy as well as opposing the Norwich Western Link road.”

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