2050 Carbon Neutral Declaration
Climate Emergency: Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon is embarking on an ambitious journey to become carbon neutral by 2030. Wiltshire Council and Bradford on Avon Town Council have resolved to seek to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
The 2050 Carbon Neutral Declaration was launched in 2009:
The results of climate change will be great and this threatens the community, environment and economy of the Bradford on Avon area as well as the rest of the world. We still, just, have a positive choice of futures to avoid the worst outcomes from climate change but delay could be disastrous.
There are social, economic and environmental benefits from action to counter climate change and reduce carbon emissions. I will take up the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a low carbon future – such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and a healthier life.
We in the Bradford on Avon area share the responsibility for reducing our carbon emissions and consequent climate change. We align ourselves with local, national and international action such as the UK Government’s commitment (in 2019) to a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Becoming carbon neutral by 2050 means that our lifestyles will have to adapt and evolve. We will need to make changes to our energy using behaviour, to our transport system, to our buildings and homes and to our patterns of consumption and working lives. Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will require careful measurement, regular reports on progress and sharing of lessons learned.
We need to continue to reduce our own carbon emissions and to encourage others to do so. This means our community working together to put in place a series of actions that build over time to reduce emissions.
Together we can make a big difference and achieve the aim to become carbon neutral by 2050.