At the Council meeting of 27th June 2019 full Council agreed that the district should strive for carbon neutrality.
In a motion proposed by Councillor S Greaves and seconded by Councillor J White the council took an unequivocal step towards the greening of Bassetlaw. Noting that the impacts of climate breakdown were already causing serious damage it was considered that strong policies were needed both nationally and at a local level to counter the threat by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The council committed to:
“Calling on the UK Government to provide local government with the powers, resources and help with the funding to achieve carbon neutrality, and ask local MPs to do likewise.
Including a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality within our emerging Council Plan to ensure that it gets the highest priority possible.
Developing a policy framework to deliver our commitment.
Carrying out a full green audit of the council that will help determine the prioritisation of actions.
Ensuring that appropriate levels of resources are put in place to ensure delivery of our commitment.
Working with, influencing and inspiring partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources.
Requesting that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future.”