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New climate change policy set to be adopted in West Norfolk

A climate change policy due to be adopted by West Norfolk Council demonstrates its commitment to the cause, it claims.

The council says it is focused on tackling climate change.

“Every employee and member has a role to play,” says the draft policy, which sets out the objectives and approach and goes before cabinet members on Tuesday.

An Extinction Rebellion demonstration outside King's Lynn Town Hall
An Extinction Rebellion demonstration outside King's Lynn Town Hall

The policy is due to be adopted next month but at least one council member and the activists group Extinction Rebellion King’s Lynn and West Norfolk are unimpressed by it.

The council vows to “reduce its impact on the local and global environment by demonstrating clear leadership and providing quality services, whilst tackling pollution, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy and water”.

The policy says the council will work with partners and communities and develop plans and support to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

The council has drawn from its experiences during the Covid-19 lockdown and plans to reduce its emissions by encouraging active travel and greater options for agile working.

And it will adopt a hierarchical approach of Avoid (carbon intensive activities), Reduce (through energy efficiency), Replace (high carbon energy sources) and Offset (any remaining emissions).

Last week’s full council meeting hear fromcouncil leader Brian Long that the specific portfolio of carbon reduction was being abolished in the cabinet.

The council is part of Norfolk Climate Change Partnership which was set up last January and plans to meet six times a years. And a University of East Anglia student who was engaged on a short-term basis to help with the council’s climate change work has since been offered a two-year post.

Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion points out that more than two-thirds of local councils, including Cambridgeshire, Breckland and North Norfolk, have declared a climate emergency.

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