County Council tops table for tackling climate change – Cherwell sits mid-table
All UK councils have been quizzed on the actions they’ve taken towards net zero
Oxfordshire County Council has topped a national table as the best performing county council in the UK for tackling climate change – but Cherwell District Council only managed to land mid-table amongst District Councils.
Climate Emergency UK’s 2023 climate action scorecard was published this week, having quizzed all UK councils on the actions they’ve taken towards net zero.
Oxfordshire County Council received an overall rating of 53%, well above the national average for County Council at 35%.
Cherwell District Council scored just below the district council national average at 27%. This was below all the other district councils in Oxfordshire.
Both Oxfordshire County and Cherwell District Council have stated they are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 – ahead of the national 2050 target. The County Council aims to enable Oxfordshire to become carbon neutral as early as possible in the 2040s.
Councillor Pete Sudbury, Oxfordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader with responsibility for Climate Change and Environment, was pleased with the County Council result. He said: “Congratulations and thanks to outstanding work by officers right across the council, including our amazing climate team, and for support across the political spectrum for achieving this result.
“There are two questions we need to keep asking: ‘What would we do if climate really was an emergency?…because it is’. And, ‘How do we keep our citizens safe, and our businesses and institutions working, as the impacts of extreme weather cause increasing damage, both locally and to our global supply chains?’
“These questions are at the forefront of our mind as a council and inform all the decisions we take. It is heartening to see that this work is being recognised.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam