In December 2018, Stroud District Council pledged to do everything in its power to make the district carbon neutral by 2030, a leading pledge that was followed by Gloucestershire County Council unanimously committing in May of this year to become carbon neutral within its estate by 2030 and across the county by 2050. One of the key components needed to achieve this neutrality target will be to move from the current energy mix that is 90% reliant on fossil fuels, to one that is reliant instead on renewable energy capacity (alongside energy efficiency and energy demand reduction). In light of this, Stroud council commissioned CSE, partnered with Land Use Consultants, to research local renewable energy capacity. This project builds upon our experience and understanding of the current context for renewable energy and planning policy in Gloucestershire; we recently produced the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy (2018) and hosted the first county-wide Climate Change conference that was designed to support authorities moving forward on carbon neutral targets.
Centre for Sustainable Energy 8th July 2019 read more »
West Midlands Mayor: As the home of the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham and the wider West Midlands have a moral responsibility to tackle climate change. Powered by the Staffordshire Thick coal of the West Midlands coalfields, the furnaces, foundries, glass factories, steelworks of the region began the rapid increase in global carbon emissions. Here in the West Midlands, we must acknowledge our past, and recognise climate change as our “original sin”. As well as being the right thing to do, tackling climate change also offers an opportunity for the Conservatives to re-establish themselves with the younger generation. Once again we would be tackling the defining issue for future generations, just like we did with housing in the 1930s, the welfare state in the 1950s and individualism in the 1980s. We are at our best when we reach out beyond our traditional boundaries and think big. This is one of those moments. We have already made huge progress in investing in public transport infrastructure, and cycling and walking routes, to get people out of their cars in the region. We are investing millions in our Metro lines and railway lines, so that we can rival the best connected cities around the world, and we are committed to delivering the first clean bus fleet outside London by 2021. If we are to take urgent action on climate change, a bold state-backed thrust into the heart of the profitable global electric automotive market, with a battery gigafactory based in the West Midlands, would be a very good place to start.
Times 12th July 2019 read more »