Oxford City Council has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within its own operations by the end of 2020, after residents on the local authority’s Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change requested such a move. The local authority published its response to the recommendations of the Citizens Assembly – created earlier this year, ahead of the launch of the national version – this morning (16 December). In its response document, Oxford City Council pledged to become net-zero across its direct operations by the end of 2020, by switching to renewable electricity and investing in offsets for harder-to-abate emissions, such as those from heat.
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Oxford City Council is to create carbon budgets in pursuit of achieving net zero emissions as part of a new climate emergency plan, it was announced this week. The move features in a series of recommendations contained in a report to Cabinet that is due to be approved on Thursday. The Council declared a climate emergency in January and subsequently announced plans to make the city net zero by 2030, 20 years ahead of the national target. A citizen’s assembly made up of 42 members of the public also met in September and October to come up with proposals to meet the new emissions goal. In response, the Council has this week proposed a climate emergency budget, committing more than £1m additional operational funding and £18m of capital investment to support the plans. The new funding comes on top of £84m of ongoing investment on climate mitigation measures in the city and countywide, it said. The Council said it will make its own operations net zero by 2020 by procuring certified green gas and electricity, with the remaining emissions offset through certified sustainable tree planting in south east England.
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