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Vale council launches draft Climate Change Challenge Plan

THIS week, the Vale of Glamorgan Council launched the draft Climate Change Challenge plan detailing their proposals to tackle the climate emergency.

In 2019, the council joined Welsh Government and other local authorities across the UK in declaring a global Climate Emergency. The council has since launched Project Zero, which represents their response to the Climate Emergency, as well as their commitment to reaching net-zero carbon by 2030. 

The Climate Change Challenge Plan is part of the wider Project Zero, and details 18 challenges encompassing the council’s commitment to demonstrating strong leadership and making a difference. 

The draft plan identifies several areas where changes can be made, including transport, food, waste, buildings, land and energy. It also includes some of the work that is already underway. 

Partners and members of the community are invited to share their thoughts on the draft plan, as well as how the council can support and encourage others to make changes.

Managing Director of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Rob Thomas, said: “Since declaring the climate emergency in 2019, the council has continued to make significant changes within the organisation. However, it is clear that to achieve our ambitious target of net-zero emissions by 2030, these changes need to go further still.

“The draft Climate Change Challenge Plan not only recognises those steps that need to be taken by the council, but also our responsibility to the wider community. As an organisation, we must lead by example, whilst also supporting our partners and residents to make impactful changes. 

“For this reason, we are asking the public to share their views on our draft Challenge Plan, what is important to them and how the Council can best support a wider movement of change to our collective impact on the environment.” 

A consultation period on the draft plan will take place from March 24 to May 12, 2021. Residents and partners can find more details about Project Zero and the draft plan online. Feedback can be given via the online survey or by emailing [email protected]

The council will also be holding several online focus groups to allow residents to share their ideas.

More information on the sessions will be released in future.

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