News Article

Support from all sectors at borough's first Climate Emergency conference

20 February 2020

Delegates from the public, private and voluntary sectors attended a conference at Chester Zoo last Friday (14 February) to discuss the Climate Emergency and what can be done in west Cheshire to address it.

The West Cheshire Action on Climate Change conference was organised as a partnership event bringing together experts from a range of industries, community groups and government departments to encourage support and enthusiasm for a borough-wide pledge to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2045 or earlier.

The day opened with a powerful message from children and young people across the borough who shared their thoughts, via a video, about the Climate Emergency. They discussed what it means to them and made suggestions about ways the borough can collectively tackle the causes of it.

The Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins, provided details about the Council’s response to the Climate Emergency challenge and environmental consultants, Anthesis, gave an overview of the research they undertook in west Cheshire. This research included details about the level of ambition required in the area to meet the Paris Climate Agreement, a global commitment, by 195 countries and the European Union, to aim to keep global warming to well below 2°C.
There were talks from industry leaders who are at the forefront of innovation in the low-carbon energy sector. They shared details about new technologies being developed in the area which will be central to achieving carbon reductions across the industrial base in the borough, which currently uses around five per cent of the UK’s energy. 

Read more at: Your West Cheshire