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Zero-Carbon Eastleigh Council for 2012

March 1, 2007 6:00 PM
Now I have no doubt at all. Climate change is the major challenge facing the world - David Attenborough

Now I have no doubt at all. Climate change is the major challenge facing the world - David Attenborough

Eastleigh Borough council have set an ambitious target for a Zero-Carbon Eastleigh Council by 2012 in order to tackle Climate Change. Climate change predictions are for hotter, drier summers with the possibility that Eastleigh could hit 40 degrees Centigrade by the middle of the century.

In the UK more flooding

In the UK more flooding

In setting the target the Eastleigh Borough Council Leader Cllr Keith House commented :-

Action is needed now to stop climate chaos

Action is needed now to stop climate chaos

Climate Change is simply not an issue that any local authority can ignore, because it is simply the biggest issue facing the country today and the answer to it is with both international cooperation and individual action.

The exact challenge for the council is to be carbon neutral in their own activities by 2012 :-

This is of course an area where the council are already innovative, and been rewarded as the top South East Council on renewal energy projects. This is along side the council leading work on waste minimisation and recycling, as well as the work on renewable energy puts Liberal Democrat run Eastleigh Borough Council at the leading edge of English local authorities.

However with the serious nature of Climate Change this is not enough and the council has to do more and to give a clear and unequivocal lead to the community of Eastleigh. To achieve the goal the council will have to think carefully and act in all areas of energy consumption - that will include more active travel planning, and challenging procurement where goods and services are not purchased locally. In addition to this there are three actions that the council plans to do to tackle climate change :-

Commenting on these proposals local Eastleigh Borough Councillor David Goodall said :-

"These proposals are just the sort of idea that every council should be developing and I fully support them"

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