Stroud Town Council has become one of the first in the country to make reducing carbon emissions a priority.
Councillors unanimously backed a proposal that will include a new £10,000 grant fund to encourage people in the town to reduce carbon emissions.
The Town Council has pledged to become completely carbon neutral by 2030 and to where possible encourage more sustainable transport, reduction in energy, production and consumption of locally-sourced food, the reduction in consumption of animal products and reductions in energy use in homes, businesses and elsewhere.
The proposal was put forward by Green Party Councillor Alan Sage. “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is terrifying,” he said.
“The Town Council must put carbon emissions at the heart of all its activities and do more to encourage this at grassroots level. If we wait for national and international governments it will be too late to save our planet.
“It is a big challenge for the Town Council to become carbon neutral by 2030, because almost everything we do emits carbon dioxide.
“There are obvious things like burning fuel to drive our vehicles, but also hidden sources like the factories which produce the computers and supplies which are used in our office.
“The good news is that it’s getting easier to improve matters. The Town Council hopes to start replacing it diesel vehicles with electrics which can be powered by renewable energy, and its electricity already comes from a sustainable supplier.”
Details will be released in the new year about how people can apply for grants to reduce carbon emissions.
Read the Stroud Town Council Climate Change Resolution.
How to work out your personal carbon emissions: www.footprint.wwf.org.uk/
How to reduce your footprint: www.carbonfootprint.com/minimisecfp.html