West Yorkshire Combined Authority declares ‘climate emergency’

Following
the annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which
includes representation from City of York Council, a new climate emergency has
been declared for the region, following on from York’s own declaration last
year, which was proposed by former Green Party Councillor Lars Kram, seconded
by Liberal Democrat Councillor Andrew Waller and supported by all political
groups.

WYCA’s
new declaration will now work to support
the region’s ongoing commitment to become
zero-carbon and deliver the new Energy Strategy and
Delivery Plan (ESDP), which aims to drive forward clean growth. 

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council who attended the meeting of WYCA on behalf of York, supported the motion to declare a region-wide climate emergency and formally give support to reducing carbon emissions.  

Councillor Andy
D’Agorne, Green Deputy Leader of the Council, added:

York has already declared a climate emergency and I am pleased that WYCA and regional partners are following suit.  Of course, it is a huge challenge for all stakeholders to become carbon-zero, but with cross-party support and formal backing, we can now begin to address the climate emergency across the region.”

Councillor
Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:

“I
am pleased to see us formally declare a climate emergency not just for York,
but now for the wider region. This helps to highlight the growing support
for achieving a carbon-zero region.  Here in York, as part of
our new partnership at the Council, we are determined to push forward
initiatives working with residents and businesses to promote sustainability,
enhance the local environment and support clean growth in order
to become a carbon-zero city by 2030.”

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