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Hull City Council’s Cabinet agrees response to climate emergency

Hull City Council’s Cabinet has approved the start of its response to the climate emergency with a new 2030 Carbon Neutral Hull Strategy.

The council declared a climate emergency in April last year.

The strategy is built around eight themes of heat, power, mobility, consumption, fair transition, carbon sequestration, skills and jobs and innovation. It sets out the key challenges and opportunities within each theme and an initial set of actions.

The strategy will now be taken to Full Council for endorsement.

It is supported by a dedicated work programme focused on energy generation and transport decarbonisation to start the delivery of the strategy’s actions as well as a new team of staff to drive forward carbon neutrality across the city with partners, stakeholders, businesses and residents.

The strategy recognises that the council has a key role in providing leadership for the city and this is set out at the start of the strategy.

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The agreement of the strategy by Cabinet marks the start of a period of consultation with residents, stakeholders and businesses across the city to further explore themes in the strategy.

The consultation will also identify more actions required, gather examples of best practice and examine where people can contribute to developing the city into one that is carbon neutral and provides the jobs, skills and society that meets the needs of a sustainable future.

Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, said “The effects of climate change are real and the strategy sets out how we need to respond as a council and city. As a council, we will lead the way with the investments we make in our city and staff to ensure that we are at the forefront of the changes required.”

Hull City Council is asking what residents think about the strategy, what action can be taken to address climate change and how the city might support businesses and individuals to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges. Email the council at climate.change@hullcc.gov.uk

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