Rother District Council has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030, after becoming the latest local authority to declare a climate emergency.
The pledge was made at a full council meeting on 16 September, as councillors unanimously passed a motion put forward by the Rother Alliance – the council’s cross-party leadership group.
As well as the pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, the motion called on the council to ask Government to provide additional powers and funding to become carbon neutral, seek other external funding to achieve this goal, and identify climate champions for communities in Rother.
It also requested that cabinet set up a steering group responsible for creating an action plan for the council’s future work on climate change.
In passing the motion, Rother District Council became the fifth district or borough council to declare a climate emergency in East Sussex, with a pair of similar motions set to be discussed by East Sussex County Council at a meeting of its Place Scrutiny Committee on 18 September.