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County Cllr to question LCC on net zero targets

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Cllr Julie Gibson

“Action is needed now to avoid an environmental disaster.”

County Cllr Julie Gibson, the Labour Group Shadow Spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change has called on Lancashire County Council to address its net zero challenge. Her calls come as reports suggest the government will fail to meet its own net zero targets with the government’s own climate watchdog saying it is losing confidence in the UK’s ability to reach net zero after a slew of failed targets and “missed” opportunities.

Cllr Gibson said: “In a recent assessment by the Climate Change Committee, Tory peer Lord Deben, said government departments had ignored key recommendations and were being “too slow” to act. He also criticised the fact that key departments did not deliver on recommendations made by the committee last year and warned that ministers were squandering opportunities to take climate action seriously, urging them to regroup and rethink their actions.”

She continued: “Lancashire County Council, along with partners in Blackburn and Blackpool commissioned a report last year about their net zero aspirations. Unfortunately, one of the conclusions reached stated that unless they change their own strategy Lancashire and partners will fail to achieve their own net zero targets by 2030. Quite clearly the Conservatives commitment to cutting emissions and tackling climate change is a failure both at a local and a national level. This is hardly surprising when even his own ministers are critical of the Prime Minister who would appear to be more interested in saving his own job than saving the environment.”

Cllr Gibson said: “If we are to tackle climate change, we need to see action now. Our planning laws must be reformed so green infrastructure can be built and tree planting needs to double by 2025. We need a strategy for decarbonising heavy industry and greater investment in electric vehicle infrastructure and we need to see real investment in green energy and less reliance on fossil fuels. I will be asking the County Council what progress they are making on these issues so that we can deliver a cleaner, greener future for all residents in Lancashire.

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