Decision details

Petition for Climate Change

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Consideration of the Petition submtted to the Chairman of the County Council on 15 October 2019


26.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport. 


26.2     The Lead Petitioner, Ms Julia Hilton, spoke about the petition, including references to a carbon reduction pathway and representatives on the Environment Board.  




26.3     The Lead Member RESOLVED to advise the petitioners (1) that the majority of the actions requested by the petition are already being implemented/planned for by the County Council; and


(2) why the County Council has set a target for achieving carbon neutrality from its activities by 2050, but not 2030.




26.4     The County Council did not set a target for 2030 because the Committee on Climate Change, which provides independent advice to government, concluded in May 2019 that a commitment to reaching net zero emissions earlier than 2050 is not credible.


26.5     The County Council is a partner on the East Sussex Environment Board, which has set a long term aim for the county to be carbon neutral by 2050 or earlier.  The Board includes the environmental regulators, the two universities, and representatives of land managers, farmers, local authorities and businesses. 

Report author: Rupert Clubb

Publication date: 31/03/2021

Date of decision: 28/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/01/2020 - Lead Member for Resources

Effective from: 05/02/2020

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