Environmental specialists help support work on climate emergency

Published on 19th August 2019

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De Courcy Alexander (DCA) has been appointed to help the council identify actions needed to address the climate emergency and work towards becoming a carbon neutral council and borough by 2030.

The task involves looking at what is happening already, creating a baseline carbon footprint for the borough and the council, and then setting out what is required to achieve a carbon neutral position.

This is the next step, following on from the unanimous motion by full council in February and declaration of a Climate Emergency by the council’s cabinet on 9 July 2019.

Simon Graham, head of innovation at DCA, says: “There have been people successfully battling climate change in Cheltenham for years but by declaring a climate emergency, the council has demonstrated the will that can make Cheltenham a leader in this global issue.

“I have personally seen how successful a local carbon neutral programme can be and am looking forward to working with colleagues, councilors, council officers, collaboration partners and the wider community to develop this plan.”

Cllr Alex Hegenbarth, cabinet member for corporate services, continues: “We’re delighted to be working with Simon and his team at DCA - this is positive news and a big step forward for Cheltenham.

“It’s vital that we ensure we’re doing everything in our power to tackle climate change, reduce carbon emissions and work towards becoming carbon neutral.”

A report will be taken to full council in October 2019, which will detail the actions the council will take to address this emergency. The report will consider ways to ensure the council engages effectively with residents, businesses and communities on this issue as our residents, communities, businesses and partners have a vital role to play.

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The council’s climate emergency motion includes the following points:

  • To make Cheltenham carbon neutral by 2030
  • To call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make achieving this target possible and to work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C
  • To continue to work with partners across the town, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans
  • To report to full Council with the actions the authority will take to address this emergency 

Simon Graham has previous experience of working with local firms, having headed up the sustainability programme at local business Commercial Group, and delivering a wide range of sustainability projects in Cheltenham, including an award winning CarbonNeutral programme, the UK’s first hydrogen powered delivery van fleet and the Borough’s first large scale solar array.

For more information about DCA, visit: http://www.decourcyalexander.co.uk