More than 100 football pitches’ worth of solar panels will need to be installed for Bath and North East Somerset to be carbon neutral by 2030. A £50,000 report by council officers says wind turbines, mass tree planting and cutting car use by a quarter will all be needed to hit the target. Like many bodies across the country, the authority has declared a climate emergency and says a fundamental culture shift is required for it to rise to the challenge. Corporate sustainability manager Jane Wildblood says in the report the council should focus on: Making buildings energy-efficient – buildings currently account for two-thirds of the area’s carbon footprint but this could be reduced by retrofitting insulation and “super glazing”, and swapping from gas heating and cookers to electric; Leading a major shift to mass transport, walking and cycling – cutting car and van use by a quarter by 2030, a 76 per cent switch to electric vehicles and full electrification of passenger rail. A rapid and large-scale increase in local renewable energy generation – half of existing homes installing a solar roof, another 116 football pitches’ worth of solar panels on commercial roof space and ground-mounted sites, plus 28 wind turbines. The report does not specify where they would be installed.
The council also needs to find ways to increase carbon absorption by the natural environment.
Bath Echo 7th Oct 2019 read more »
Austin, Athens, Lisbon, and Venice are the latest major cities to have peaked their greenhouse gas emissions. The world’s leading scientists have calculated that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020 in order to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. New analysis published ahead of the C40 World Mayors Summit confirms that 30 of the world’s largest cities, representing more than 58 million urban citizens, have now reached this crucial milestone. The 30 cities are: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C.
C40 Cities 8th Oct 2019 read more »