City of York Council’s full council declared a climate emergency in March 2019, and agreed to set a target to become net carbon neutral by 2030.
A report is now being taken to the council’s Executive to provide an update on the next steps to progress the climate change action plan.
Following the climate emergency declaration, a new cross-party climate change policy and scrutiny committee was created to help develop the climate change action plan. Its first meeting will take place in September (and every other month after that).
The council is in the process of recruiting officers to two new posts to address sustainability and climate change to support on this work.
A report detailing the next steps will be taken to a public Executive meeting on Thursday 29 August.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport at City of York Council, said: “York has a proud history of taking action, and this declaration means that hard choices must be made in order to make significant year-on-year reductions for CO2 emissions.
“Alongside these decisions come opportunities for job creation in the renewables and insulation sector, and for reduced energy costs.
“We welcome this report and the actions which have already been taken to appoint a climate change lead and a cross-party climate change policy and scrutiny committee.”
York has a strong history of taking the lead on reducing carbon usage, including:
- £2m programme of LED street lighting;
- Solar PV installed on 541 council houses;
- Air source heat pumps installed in 57 council houses;
- A programme of cavity wall and loft insulation across the council’s housing stock;
- Work with private tenants and homeowners to draw on funding from Government and regional programmes for improved energy efficiency and delivered through Better Homes Yorkshire;
- Plans to use an innovative water-source heat pump for heating the redeveloped Guildhall complex;
- Council support for the Treemendous initiative to plant 50,000 trees in York;
- Investment in improvements to cycling infrastructure including the recent opening of the Scarborough Bridge cycle route and promotion of cycling – including achieving Cycling City status;
- The i-Travel programme which includes active promotion of walking, cycling and sustainable travel options to groups and individuals.