THE FIRST steps to achieving carbon neutrality in Stratford have been made at the inaugural meeting of the district’s Climate Change Panel.
Among the decisions made at Stratford Council District’s (SDC) monthly climate change meeting, was to commission an analysis of carbon emissions in south Warwickshire which will help to develop a plan to curb them as quickly and effectively as possible.
Other decisions included working together with Warwick District Council on climate change matters and to establish a ‘carbon baseline’ – the expected degree of emissions after alternative measures have been put in place.
SDC leader Tony Jefferson, also chairman of the Climate Change Panel, said: “The panel signed off on three very significant issues at the meeting, including working more closely with Warwick District Council. Both councils recognise climate issues do not stop at the district boundaries and there is much value in working together to tackle this key issue.
“The items agreed by the panel will provide useful data to inform future policy development and to ensure that we make effective climate interventions.
“We also agreed there should be a focus on adaptation to the impacts of climate change as well as on mitigation of the impacts. This is too often underplayed.
“This panel will play an important part in our climate change agenda and there will need to be close links between the work of the panel and the work about to get underway on the South Warwickshire Plan.”