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West Northants Councils signs up to the UK100 Net Zero pledge

Author: Craig Forsyth Published: 28th February 2022 12:39

Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, signed the Net Zero pledge this week as the organisation moves forward with a bold new strategy for tackling climate change and making West Northants a more sustainable place to live and work.Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, signed the Net Zero pledge this week as the organisation moves forward with a bold new strategy for tackling climate change and making West Northants a more sustainable place to live and work.


Ambitious plans to improve the sustainability of West Northamptonshire were boosted this week with the area making a national pledge to beat climate change targets.
 
West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has signed up to the UK100 Net Zero pledge, focusing on tackling the climate emergency and reducing carbon emissions.
 
UK100’s Net Zero Pledge commits councils to cutting their own emissions to net zero by 2030 and those of their residents and businesses by 2045 - five years ahead of the UK Government’s 2050 target.
 
WNC will join around 100 other local authorities in the UK100 network, enabling it to work directly with other councils facing the same climate challenges as well as having wider access to a range of new resources including climate research, campaigns, publications, innovative funding models and private sector expertise.
 
Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, signed the Net Zero pledge this week as the organisation moves forward with a bold new strategy for tackling climate change and making West Northants a more sustainable place to live and work.
 
He said: “We’re delighted to be signing up to the UK100, and will be taking our Net Zero pledge really, really seriously.
 
“We need to make the future of West Northants sustainable, not just environmentally but economically and socially too. We’re setting bold, climate change-related goals, and if everybody works together we can do it.
 
“We’re developing a sustainability strategy and looking carefully at how we measure the council’s own carbon footprint, as well as measuring the wider impact of West Northants.
 
“The UK100 will be a good network for us to gain information on what other councils are doing to drive sustainability into their communities, but it’s also a check and balance to ensure that we’re doing things correctly and properly.
 
“This is a really important agenda, we’re committed to it, and we look forward to working with every resident and business across West Northants to achieve these important goals.”
 
Christopher Hammond, UK100’s Network Membership Director, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome West Northamptonshire Council to UK100’s network.
 
“By joining UK100 and committing to bold targets, the council has demonstrated that it is facing these challenges and playing a decisive role in tackling climate change ahead of the National Government’s target.”
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Ian McCord
At 20:41 on 3rd March 2022, Ian McCord commented:
All fine words, but where's the cash to fund this pledge?
During the budget discussion, I pointed out that WNC has a mere £500,000 for the next THREE years on the capital budget to fund their carbon neutral by 2030 pledge.

There is no way this is enough even to fund the survey of every building, leisure centre, school, truck, car, van etc that WNC has and operates.

This will cost tens of millions yet there is nothing in the council's medium-term financial spending forecast. So either they like to talk and have no action, or they are leaving the action for others after the next WNC election as the budget forecast goes beyond that time.

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