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Bridgend County Borough Council launch consultation to fix climate emergency

After declaring its own climate emergency in 2020, Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) committed to achieving its 2030 net zero goals by setting up a Climate Emergency Response programme.

In order to make sure they go about achieving net zero in the right ways, and ways that will benefit residents, the council has launched a consultation to get the views of the public on decarbonisation. This consultation will focus on the council’s commitments, proposed strategies and reducing the area’s carbon footprint, along with much more.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor John Spanswick, said:

“The council’s target of net zero carbon by 2030 aims to balance the greenhouse gas emissions we produce with the number of gases we are removing from the atmosphere.

Getting people’s views and ideas on how we can work towards achieving this target will make a big difference in ensuring we reach it.”

Councillor Rhys Goode, Cabinet Member for Future Generations, added:

“Climate change is something that not everyone knows about, but everyone is a part of. Human activities are the main driver of climate change, and we must take action now to help the planet and to pave the way for future generations.”

The council’s consultation began yesterday and will run until the 30th August 2022, with residents being encouraged to join and have their say so that the delivery of the Bridgend 2030 Strategy is smooth and effective.

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