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Leader-elect to push for Exeter to declare a Climate Emergency

Published: 13 May 2019

Climate Change Climate Emergency

Leader-elect, Cllr Phil Bialyk has said he intends to push for Exeter to declare a Climate Emergency.

Cllr Bialyk, who is set to become the new Leader at the City’s Annual Council meeting, said he will raise the matter at the next available meeting.

It comes as Chief Executives and Directors from nearly 20 public and private sector organisations across Devon came together to pledge their commitment to tackle climate change. The organisations are all part of a new Devon Climate Emergency Response Group.

Cllr Bialyk said: “One of my first priorities as new leader will be to get the Council to declare a Climate Emergency.

“There is so much the City Council has already done to tackle climate change. We are committed to achieving a Carbon neutral city and we have published a road map to energy independence, and with our partners at Exeter City Futures including Devon County Council we are determined to build on the good work already being undertaken in the city.“

Deputy Leader-elect Cllr Rachel Sutton highlighted the many initiatives the Council has backed in recent years, underlining the authority’s green credentials.

“We have played a major part in delivering district heating networks, Passivhaus homes and a new swimming pool and leisure centre to Passivhaus standards.

“We have retrofitted solar panels on our council houses, the livestock market and other buildings and car parks and have introduced energy efficiency improvements and electric car charging points and smart grids.

“As well as standards for new housing and commercial construction ahead of the national building regulation standards, our active travel stance is designed to address the impact of cars on carbon, and our investment in green infrastructure across the sub region.”

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