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Bath’s climate action plan moving ‘at a snail’s pace’

Bath's climate action plan moving 'at a snail's pace'

Getty Images Councillors asked to be patient over Bath and North East Somerset’s carbon neutral goals Almost no progress has been made towards Bath becoming…

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Getty Images Councillors asked to be patient over Bath and North East Somerset’s carbon neutral goals Almost no progress has been made towards Bath becoming a carbon-neutral area, councillors have claimed.

In March 2019, Bath and North East Somerset Council declared a climate emergency, pledging to provide "leadership enabling the area to be carbon neutral by 2030".

Scrutiny councillors said work had been done "at a snail’s pace" and a lack of data had made progress hard to track.

The council’s corporate sustainability manager asked for patience.

The UK parliament declare a climate emergency in May 2019 and councils across the country UK made their own declarations, committing to plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy consumption. Getty Images Many UK councils declared a "climate emergency" following a series of protests in 2019 Bath and North East Somerset Council completed the first phase of its climate action plan in October 2019, mapping its carbon footprint.

It said there were three key areas for action: Improving buildings’ energy efficiency and only allowing zero-carbon new build projects

Creating a "major shift to public transport, cycling and walking to reduce transport emissions" Seeing a "rapid and large-scale increase in local renewable energy production" It also set out a 43-point plan of policies, procurement choices and public grants that it aimed to adopt by 2021. ‘Progress too slow’ Councillors responsible for overseeing the council’s delivery on its climate plans have said little has been achieved.One of them, Grant Johnson, said: "It is very disappointing how […]

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