Good progress in tackling climate change in Doncaster

Two years later, since Doncaster declared a climate and biodiversity emergency, much has been done as we relentlessly take action to protect the planet.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the entire council unanimously supported Mayor Ros Jones’ motion to declare a state of emergency and take quick and immediate action.

The ultimate goal of reducing CO2 emissions across the district by 85% by 2030 and achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2040.

The Doncaster team partners formed the Doncaster Climate and Biodiversity Commission, whose job it is to publish a report with recommendations on how to address this crucial issue.

The report was released in December 2020, chaired by Ed Miliband, MP of Doncaster North and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The following are some of the Council’s commitments:

  • District-wide, CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 85% by 2030 and net zero CO2 emissions are to be achieved by 2040
  • To plant a million trees all over Doncaster
  • Allocation of £ 5m to initiate environmental and sustainability activities
  • Examination of all practicable options as part of our endeavors to replace the diesel and gasoline transport fleet with emission-free alternatives
  • Develop a habitat bank for developers to meet their net biodiversity gain commitments
  • Piloting a naturalization approach for the management of green spaces
  • Restructure appropriate resources and invest in the creation of a DMBC sustainability unit with the aim of coordinating and promoting activities in support of CO2 reduction and the restoration of nature

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said:

“We have seen firsthand how devastating climate change is on our planet. The November 2019 and February 2020 floods that devastated many of our communities and the forest fires in the peatlands of Hatfield Moors that damaged so many valuable natural habitats showed that action was needed. This is the top priority for today and for the future.

“As the Council, we are fully committed to doing what we can and have made great strides over the past two years. Plant new trees, create green gateways, invest in 100% electric fleet vehicles, create more EV charging stations, make homes more energy efficient, install solar panels on buildings and properties, encourage active travel to get more people to leave their cars, and naturalization Green spaces to promote biodiversity and wildlife. There’s a huge list of work we’ve done and a lot more in the pipeline.

“While we can do a lot to address the problem – and we are doing just that – we must all do our part to overcome this global environmental crisis. Small changes can make a big difference by lowering our energy consumption, using more active travel and public transport, and reducing the amount of waste by recycling and reusing wherever possible.

“We need to do this to ensure that we leave a safe and habitable planet for generations to come. As part of our 10-year Doncaster Delivering Together strategy, our focus is on People, place and planet.

More information on climate change and the work of the Council and its partners can be found at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/climatechange

Last updated: September 20, 2021 11:30:31 AM

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