Honiton Town Council is to be asked to consider a climate emergency report that underlines the need to work towards a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
The council declared a climate emergency last month and is aiming to set up a Climate Action Working Group to push forward with plans to make Honiton carbon neutral.
Its first actions could be to call a public meeting to set out the scale of the emergency, as well as to request help from local residents and to unite the town in tackling the climate emergency.
The aims of the terms of reference for the group are outlined in the report, due to go before the full council next week.
Representatives of the council attended a Devon Towns and Parishes for Climate Action meeting in Ottery St Mary last month.
Prepared by Councillor Caroline Kolek and Councillor James Wyatt, the report states: “The terms of our action plan to the climate emergency must be quantified.
Potential climate action outlined
“A climate emergency is an emergency. Therefore, all committees and meetings must address it. Many Devon town councils have put this issue in the top three items of every meeting so that other financial, planning and
social issues solutions also contribute to solving the emergency.”
While the report explores ways of achieving carbon neutrality, it points out: “Other gases are notable in having a more harmful effect on the climate than CO2, such as methane. The production of these gases is to be
considered by HTC (Honiton Town Council) when determining how Honiton will tackle the climate emergency.”
The overall aim would be to work towards ensuring the ‘entire town’ is carbon neutral by 2030 – not just Honiton Town Council and its facilities.
Once convened, it is proposed that the working group could start by considering the following options:
- Car charging Infrastructure
- Bicycle storage and racks in town centre
- Electric bicycle schemes
- Direct investment by Honiton Town Council in a renewable energy infrastructure
- Encouraging residents to transfer tariff to green energy suppliers
- Encouraging residents to install green heating systems
- Note the actions of other councils and those suggested for implementation in Honiton.
At the recent meeting in Ottery, Honiton representatives learned that the majority of other councils represented were also in the early stages of formulating ideas to take forward that will achieve change.
Some of those have already consulted the public through forums and also produced a written terms of reference policy to define the climate emergency and the proposed aims of any action.