Local Lib Dems have backed a letter sent to the COP26 climate change summit signed by hundreds of local councillors across the country calling on more power for local government to tackle climate change.
Councillor Ian Stotesbury, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Transport, said: “The latest UK Climate Risk Assessment concluded that the UK is “woefully underprepared” for the impacts of climate change that will hit the country.
“The UK’s net zero targets can only be achieved if Government and local authorities work seamlessly together. More than half of the emissions cuts needed rely on people and businesses taking up low-carbon solutions – solutions around buildings, energy and transport - decisions that are made at a local and individual level.
“With 9 out of 10 councils having declared a climate emergency, including Watford in 2019, full support from the Prime Minister and his government is needed to make sure local ambitions become a reality.
“In Watford, we have shown how local authorities lead in protecting our environment, through introducing sustainable transport alternatives such as our Beryl bike-share scheme, to achieving the biggest increase in recycling rates across the county through the introduction of food waste collections. We have lots of plans to keep up the good work locally, but it is time for the government to meet us halfway.”
Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson, Councillor Pippa Heylings, speaking at the COP26 summit said: “The UK cannot meet net zero without local councils. Councils have influence over a third of the UK’s carbon emissions. We need to be able to work together with central government on this. Over 350 Liberal Democrat Councillors have signed this letter calling on the Prime Minister to take action.”
- Letter to Prime Minister available to view here.