New group can bring ideas by the dozen to tackle climate change in Stafford 



    Twelve members of a new group helping tackle climate change and increase green recovery in Stafford Borough have met for the first time. 

    The dozen representatives from across the area form the new ‘Climate Change and Green Recovery Panel’ in collaboration with Stafford Borough Council.  

    The panel is part of the council’s climate change strategy and they met virtually for the first time on Monday evening (7 February) to discuss next steps for plans to help address environmental issues in the borough. 

    The borough council asked for residents to get in touch if they wanted to join a stakeholder panel. Some members are already strong voices on local environmental groups such as ‘There is No Planet B’ and ‘Sustainability Matters.’  

    Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “One of the things our panel members have in common is they are passionate about the environment and have the energy to drive forward with initiatives aimed at tackling climate change as well as promoting green recovery. 

    “And working alongside our officers, who also have an enormous passion to take forward our green strategy, I expect this panel to be a creative force for generating great ideas and promoting initiatives that will benefit our community and beyond.” 

    Last year the council added ‘Climate Change and Green Recovery’ as one of four priorities in its new business plan. Work has progressed quickly and has been recognised in a survey published by Sustainability West Midlands recently in which Stafford was placed 9th overall in the region - with the report emphasising progress made in a variety of areas including generating energy from renewable sources.   

    The authority has partnered with Keele University, the Centre for Alternative Technology and other Staffordshire councils to look at what is required to achieve the zero carbon targets. And proposals to remove carbon from the atmosphere have already been agreed – such as creating a new Local Nature Reserve in the centre of Stafford, including hundreds of trees.  

    Previous measures included replacing cremators which more than halved gas consumption at the crematorium on the town’s Tixall Road and installing solar panels to the roof of the Civic Centre in Stafford.   

    Councillor Price continued “We are heading in the right direction to being a ‘zero carbon’ authority. We have already demonstrated that we are not just talking the talk when it comes to tackling climate change. We made it a priority and we will work as quick as we can to make us carbon-free from our own activities.   

    “We are, though, a very tiny cog in a global wheel and locally we need our community, businesses and organisations to do their bit to contribute to this agenda.”  

    More information can be found from the council’s website

    Press Release No 5855

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