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Extract from minutes:

10. MOTIONS UNDER STANDING ORDER 15
(1) Notice of Motion received on 07 October 2019 from Councillor J Forrest
With the agreement of the Mayor, this item was brought forward on the
Agenda.
A Notice of Motion was received from Councillor J Forrest:
“Fareham Council notes: That climate breakdown is being recognised as an
emergency around the world;
That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asserts that limiting
Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from
national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector;
That the House of Commons and a growing number of UK local authorities,
including our County Council partner, have already passed ‘Climate
Emergency’ motions;
That Fareham Council has for many years been a leader in seeking to reduce
carbon-based energy use and in promoting recycling of materials, and that the
Executive Leader recently announced the intention to set up a working group
tasked with moving to a carbon neutral position.
Fareham Council welcomes the Leader’s statement to the Executive Meeting
of September 26 and asserts that the proposed working group’s goals should
include:
1. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030
2. Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions
by 2030
3. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning
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decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
4. Support and work with the County Council, The Partnership for South
Hampshire (PfSH) and voluntary agencies towards making the entire
area zero carbon within the same timescale and convene a Citizens’
Assembly to involve the wider population in the process.
5. Request that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include
young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping
the future;
6. Report on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our
pensions plan and other investments have, and review the Council’s
investment strategy to give due consideration to climate change
impacts in the investment portfolio;
7. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help
with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise;
8. Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not
restricted to): renewable energy generation and storage, encouraging
alternatives to private car use, providing electric vehicle infrastructure
and, increasing the efficiency of buildings, in particular to address fuel
poverty; proactively using local planning powers to accelerate the
delivery of net zero carbon new developments and communities.
Councillor J Forrest presented his Motion and indicated an additional word had
been inserted into his original Motion to include the word “zero” in the last
sentence at point 8.
This Motion was seconded by Councillor S Cunningham.
An amendment to this Motion was proposed by Councillor S D T Woodward
which replaced wording in the fifth paragraph:
Fareham Council notes:
That climate breakdown is being recognised as an emergency around the
world;
That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asserts that limiting
Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from
national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector;
That the House of Commons and a growing number of UK local authorities,
including our County Council partner, have already passed ‘Climate
Emergency’ motions;
That Fareham Council has for many years been a leader in seeking to reduce
carbon-based energy use and in promoting recycling of materials, and that the
Executive Leader recently announced the intention to set up a working group
tasked with moving to a carbon neutral position.
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Fareham Council welcomes the Leader’s statement to the Executive Meeting
of September 26 and notes that the working group will determine its own terms
of reference, objectives and goals, taking into account the aspirations set out
below:
1. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030
2. Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions
by 2030
3. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to
planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
4. Support and work with the County Council, The Partnership for South
Hampshire (PfSH) and voluntary agencies towards making the entire
area zero carbon within the same timescale, and convene a Citizens’
Assembly to involve the wider population in the process.
5. Request that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include
young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in
shaping the future;
6. Report on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our
pensions plan and other investments have, and review the Council’s
investment strategy to give due consideration to climate change
impacts in the investment portfolio;
7. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help
with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise;
8. Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not
restricted to): renewable energy generation and storage, encouraging
alternatives to private car use, providing electric vehicle infrastructure
and, increasing the efficiency of buildings, in particular to address fuel
poverty; proactively using local planning powers to accelerate the
delivery of net carbon new developments and communities.
During debate on this item, Councillor J M Englefield declared a non-pecuniary
interest as he supports Greenpeace.
Having duly been seconded by Councillor S D Martin the amended Motion was
carried unanimously.

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