Worcester Plan To Be Carbon Neutral By 2030

19 July 2019

The motion, put forward by Cllr Neil Laurenson and the council's Green group was passed with the support of Labour councillors, was backed at a full meeting of Worcester City Council on Tuesday (July 16).

Cllr Laurenson repeated the words of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who said: "We can't solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis."

Fellow Green Cllr Marjoy Bisset asked councillors to put aside their differences and agree to take action for the common good.

She said the council could make the city's air cleaner by deterring diesel and petrol cars and by making existing homes as energy efficient as possible, pushing for new homes to be carbon neutral as well as improving cycle and walking routes would make Worcester a more attractive place to "visit, live and do business in."

The motion was as follows:

The Council will:

  1. Declare a 'Climate Emergency';
  2. Pledge to make the city of Worcester carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)*;
  3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
  4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Heating to less than 1.5°C;
  5. Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
  6. Appoint the already budgeted new Environmental Sustainability Officer in a timely way, create a cross-party steering group and report to Environment Committee on 28th January 2020 on actions the Council will take with key stakeholders to address this emergency. This work will be led by the Chair of the Environment Committee.


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Tuesday 7th July 7pm: "Averting the Insect Apocalypse"

Talk by Dave Goulson.

Dave Goulson will explain why insects are in decline, and suggest how we should tackle this crisis, first by turning our gardens into oases for life, and second by fundamentally changing the way we grow food.

See Events page for more information.

Wednesday 22nd July 6pm: The Fold Talk/Tour

Talk about organic gardening / tour / talk about the Fold Farm.

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Petition: Cycle parking at Worcester City Museum


Worcester City Museum has no public cycle parking. The City Museum is situated on a cycle lane. Cycle parking would mean that City Museum visitors can make sustainable transport choices and help ease the City's traffic congestion.