ePetition - Commit BHCC to a target of zero carbon emissions by 2030

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Commit BHCC to a target of zero carbon emissions by 2030

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to declare a climate emergency and put in place a more ambitious commitment of making our city carbon neutral by 2030.

We believe that a sustainable low-carbon future is essential for our own sake, and that of future generations – and is needed urgently to avoid the dangers of runaway climate breakdown.

This target will allow us to support the international commitment to keep the planet’s temperature rise below 1.5°C (above pre-industrial levels) as agreed under the Paris Agreement. A recent report published by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that in order for us to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C, worldwide CO2 emissions need to decline by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 (IPCC, 2018).

We have taken inspiration from Bristol City Council who earlier this month unanimously backed a motion which called on the Mayor of Bristol to declare a climate emergency and for the city’s carbon neutrality target to be brought forward by 20 years to 2030.

IPCC. (2018) Global warming of 1.5°C: Summary for Policymakers, p. 18. Available at: https://www.ipcc.ch/index.htm [Accessed 21.11.18]
Green Party Bristol. (2018) Greens declare a Climate Emergency and bring Bristol’s CO2 emissions target forwards 20 years. Available at: https://bristolgreenparty.org.uk/news/greens-declare-a-climate-emergency-and-bring-bristols-co2-emissions-target-forwards-20-years [Accessed 21.11.18]

This ePetition ran from 22/11/2018 to 30/01/2019 and has now finished.

1390 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The petition will be presented to the Council meeting on the 31st January 2019.


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