Greenwich council has launched a consultation in its climate change strategy

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RESIDENTS are being invited to give feedback on Greenwich Council’s plans to tackle climate change.

The council’s Climate Change Strategy, published this week, sets out a range of proposed measures and recommendations designed to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

Measures are also proposed to enable the borough to cope with the consequences of change that is already occurring or predicted.

The strategy includes plans to reduce the council’s own carbon emissions and proposals to encourage residents and businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

It also looks at how changes to behaviour, technology and policy can contribute to lowering emissions.

Actions which may be taken in terms of new and existing developments, waste disposal, biodiversity, energy supply and transport are also outlined.

Examples include a proposal to require all new developments in the borough to include measures for encouraging public transport use and promoting walking and cycling.

There are also proposals to make greater use of low emission fuel and vehicles.

Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for Greener Greenwich, Councillor Rajwant Sidhu said, “Our aim is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

"This is an ambitious, but achievable target, and necessary if Greenwich wants to show leadership in meeting the global climate change challenge.”

The consultation on the climate change strategy runs until June 19.

For more details, to view the strategy and to complete the survey,visit greenwich.gov.uk/greenergreenwich

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6:30pm Sat 12 Mar 11

Yankees says...

Climate Change Strategy = a money making scam.
Climate Change Strategy = a money making scam. Yankees

11:10pm Sat 12 Mar 11

MB says...

I flicked through the document and clearly a lot of time and effort has gone into it. However, climate change strategy needs to be approached much more holistically as there are many aspects a council can't influence, eg. legislation, infrastructure, subsidies for green technologies etc. This is a topic that the Government shouldn't delegate to councils, other than the local implementation. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have a grip on this and councils end up spending huge amounts of money on this kind of plans that don't address the real issues on a national or local level. In then end, this is nothing more than a way to get the green seal of approval for existing anti-car ownerwhip and other politically motivated policies.
I flicked through the document and clearly a lot of time and effort has gone into it. However, climate change strategy needs to be approached much more holistically as there are many aspects a council can't influence, eg. legislation, infrastructure, subsidies for green technologies etc. This is a topic that the Government shouldn't delegate to councils, other than the local implementation. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have a grip on this and councils end up spending huge amounts of money on this kind of plans that don't address the real issues on a national or local level. In then end, this is nothing more than a way to get the green seal of approval for existing anti-car ownerwhip and other politically motivated policies. MB

6:04am Sun 13 Mar 11

right-writes says...

All I can say is, thank God for Greenwich Council...

Thanks to their selfless actions, the world is a safer, cooler place. Greenwich is like an oasis now, especially when compared to "dirty" neighbouring Bexley, where children cough in the streets from all those nasty "emissions".
All I can say is, thank God for Greenwich Council... Thanks to their selfless actions, the world is a safer, cooler place. Greenwich is like an oasis now, especially when compared to "dirty" neighbouring Bexley, where children cough in the streets from all those nasty "emissions". right-writes

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