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Public Question Time
Apologies for Absence and Attendance of Substitute Members
Declarations of Interest
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 12 February 2019.
To underline the importance the Council is placing on improving air quality and outline the actions the Council is taking, and the measures it proposes to take to engage residents, businesses and partners to take their own steps to contribute to improving air quality. The report introduces the Annual Status Report (which sets out progress against the Council’s approved Air Quality Action plan).
Resolved that -
1. the actions which the Council is currently taking to improve Air Quality (ref. paras 21 - 85 of the report) and the Committee meeting’s comments on these are noted;
2. it be noted that the issue of poor air quality isn’t something that can be solved without the engagement of other parties and that a programme of engagement has been drawn up with residents, communities, businesses and partners on Air Quality, including plans for a Citizens’ Assembly;
3. the draft Annual Status Report for 2018 (attached at Annex 3 to the report) (which outlines progress against our Quality Action Plan) be approved ahead of submission to the GLA and
4. that a letter be sent on behalf of the Committee to the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Leadership candidates to raise the need for central Government funding (to regions or to local authorities) to undertake schemes to improve air quality.
To refer a Motion on Air Quality from the Council meeting on 24 April to this Committee to debate at this meeting.
To refer a Motion on declaring a Climate Emergency from the Council meeting on 24 April to this Committee to debate at this meeting.
Resolved that the following Motion is agreed:
“This Council notes:
i. the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world;
ii. unfortunately, while current plans and actions locally are making a difference, they are not enough. The world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050;
iii. the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018:
a. describes the enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global temperatures is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise; and
b. confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector .
iv. all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies;
v. strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits; and that recognising this;
vi. a growing number of UK local authorities have already passed 'Climate Emergency' motions; and
vii. individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, taxation, infrastructure, etc. to make low carbon living easier and the new norm.
“This Council resolves to:
i. declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action;
ii. establish a new working group, with a remit to: draw together the work of the Council, already underway, to reduce the impacts of climate change, identify gaps and develop a plan that aims to set a challenging target date of 2038 for carbon neutrality and a baseline figure from which achievement will be measured;
iii. seek advice from experts to develop 5-year carbon budgets, across all the Council’s activities;
iv. consider the climate change impact of the Council’s activities to inform the action plan;
v. assess the feasibility of requiring all risk and procurement assessments to include Carbon Emission Appraisals, including presenting alternative approaches which reduce emissions wherever possible;
vi. the working group will include council officers, partners and Members from across the Council;
vii. task a director-level officer with responsibility for reducing the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s activities according to the plan;
viii. equip all our staff, particularly those involved with planning, buildings, energy and transport management and procurement of goods and services, with an awareness of the CO 2 costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions;
ix. report on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our pensions plan and other investments have, and review the Council’s investment strategy to give due consideration to climate change impacts in the investment portfolio;
x. work towards involving the wider community, including local businesses and our young people, in shaping the future, through a workshop or Citizens’ Assemblies; and
xi. call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible, ... view the full decision text for item 8.
Urgent Business authorised by the Chair