In November 2019, Kidlington Parish Council, along with a great many other councils in the country, declared a climate emergency. This commits the Council to adopting policies that take into account the impact of human activity on the biodiversity in our green spaces, parks and wild areas, and to being vigilant about mitigating threats caused by extreme weather conditions. Sustainability of our premises and facilities, and their use for purposes that enhance and support healthy lifestyles across all age ranges have become a priority in Council decision making and planning.
We are committed to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.
2. Work to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.
3. Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030.
4. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
5. Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale.
6. Work with, influence and inspire partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources.
7. Take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future.
8. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help. with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise.
9. Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not restricted to): renewable energy generation and storage, providing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging alternatives to private car use.