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(a) Councillor Hammond moved Councillor Leggett seconded.
Council notes that in 2017, our city became one of the first local authorities in
the UK to pass a motion recognising that the world faced an environmental
crisis and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2040.
Since then, over 200 councils have followed those trailblazing Councils and
passed motions declaring climate emergencies. Council welcomes this
movement, reiterates our established view that there is a climate emergency
and celebrates action already taken by organisations across Southampton.
Earlier this year, the city council launched its bold and ambitious Green City
Charter that goes above and beyond the UK government’s targets and
commits this council to be carbon neutral by 2030. To reinforce this council’s
commitment, £60M has already been allocated towards projects that support
the ambitions of the Green City Charter. These projects are split across the
council including; £36M improving our housing stock to become energy
efficient, £9M on reducing road congestion, £8M in improving cycle ways, £3M
investment in public transport and £4M on including improving our green
spaces and investing in electric vehicles.
Council resolves that there is more to do, but is encouraged by the progress
made to date including; reducing its carbon footprint by more than 50%, by the
end of the year.
UPON BEING PUT TO THE VOTE THE MOTION WAS DECLARED CARRIED.
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RESOLVED: that the motion be approved.

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