The cross-party support for the plan, which is out for public consultation until December 16, was welcomed by environment committee chair Cllr Simon Pickering (Green Party), who said: “If the plan is formally adopted by the full council, it will herald the start of an ambitious programme of action to make Stroud district carbon neutral by 2030, twenty years ahead of the current government’s target. Achieving carbon neutrality will be at the heart of all the council’s planning for the next decade.”
There plan includes increasing the proportion of renewable energy generated locally, increasing recycling facilities, increasing the amount of woodland, supporting community growing projects, improving flood defences, encouraging active travel, making town centres car free and creating jobs by making local homes energy efficient and cheaper to keep warm.
The news came as the national Green Party published its 10-point Climate Plan, which includes proposals for a tax on all carbon emissions, a move to offshore and onshore wind to generate 70% of all electricity requirements, and an end to airport expansion and road building.
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