Members were presented with Barrow’s Climate Change Action Plan at a meeting today.

The authority is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions no later than 2037, ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement’s target of 2050.

Low lying coastal areas around Furness will be susceptible to rising sea levels and coastal erosion over the coming years.

Plans forming part of the council’s Climate Change Policy say: “This is an ambitious ask for a borough council alone, so we will continue to work with Cumbria County Council and other partners to ensure we can meet or exceed our target. As a partner of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, we are committed to working towards zero carbon Cumbria.”

Authorities have commissioned a carbon footprinting expert to carry out a carbon audit for the county.

The council last year declared a climate change emergency and vowed to minimise its carbon footprint through its estate and assets and provide opportunities, advice and support for residents and local businesses to do the same.

Explaining the reasons behind adopting a greener approach, a report said: “Barrow Borough Council acknowledges the overwhelming evidence that human activities are having a profound effect on our climate.

“Globally, extreme weather is predicted to become more common and its consequences will be felt at the local level from the associated impacts of increasing temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions. Our low lying coastal areas will be susceptible to the effects of sea level rise and coastal erosion and the borough of Barrow will face increasing risk from river and surface water flooding connected to extreme weather patterns.”

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