Calderdale Council’s place on a prestigious national climate learning programme will help it become a climate pioneer and drive forward local action, to enable major progress on the borough’s journey to net zero.
Climate action is one of Calderdale Council’s priorities and it has set the ambitious target to achieve net zero by 2038, with significant progress by 2030.
The borough’s Climate Action Partnership, which supports this work, is made up of partners including representatives from the NHS and Together Housing; local businesses; voluntary organisations; members of the borough’s Youth Council; and seven Calderdale councillors from different wards and parties. Together they provide the skills and knowledge to shape ambitious climate projects and lead the way on local climate action.
Providing leadership and showcasing best practice is another key role of the Partnership. To support this aim, Cllr Scott Patient, the Chair of the Climate Partnership and the Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Active Travel and Housing, has been successful in securing a place at the UK100’s Climate Leadership Academy – one of only 20 councillors from across the UK to be selected to take part.
The Academy offers panels and workshops which have been shaped by climate pioneers within local government and includes coaching from experts in the private, voluntary and public sectors. It will support the development of skills and knowledge to enable progress towards net zero goals
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Active Travel and Housing, Cllr Scott Patient, said:
“One of the six themes from the borough’s draft Climate Action Plan is to use our shared voice for influencing on climate action. This acknowledges that the climate emergency cannot be tackled alone and recognises the need to work together effectively, championing and planning for action.
“To support important shared discussions, I’m delighted to have been selected to join the UK100 Climate Leadership Academy and will be using the opportunity to work with climate leaders and representatives from other UK councils.
“The academy offers the opportunities to share learning and expand knowledge and skills which can be further developed at a local level through the borough’s Climate Action Partnership.”
To find out more about the draft Climate Action Plan for the borough, visit https://new.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/sustainability/climate-action-plan
For more information about UK100 visit www.uk100.org(external link)
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