“Climate change is recognised by many as one of the world’s greatest threats. At the opening ceremony of the
United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, Sir David Attenborough called
climate change “our greatest threat in thousands of years”, adding “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our
civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.” Storm Callum in 2018 vividly
demonstrated how Carmarthenshire is not immune from the effects of climate change.
At the meeting of the County Council on 20th February 2019 I was impressed by the question asked by Miss Coral
Sylvan regarding what the Council is doing with respect to climate change. I don’t recall somebody as young as
eleven years old previously attending a meeting of the Council to challenge elected Members. Following an
impassioned debate, Members unanimously resolved to declare a climate emergency and committed to become a
net zero carbon local authority by 2030.
Leading the Council’s climate change strategy has been included in my portfolio of responsibilities as Executive
Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs, and I recognise that it is a huge challenge that will require action
by all Services within the Council and by many other bodies locally, nationally and internationally.
As a starting point, this action plan outlines a pragmatic route towards the Council becoming a net zero carbon
local authority by 2030. It is intended to be a living document and will evolve over time. This is a long-term plan for
the next ten years and as such more proposals will be added as it develops. Further technological breakthroughs
will inevitably come forward in due course, but the most important thing is that the Council has started on this
important path.
We want everyone in the community to play a part in this important work and look forward to working both on the
emissions from our own activities and more widely with partners to bring this about.
Please note that hyperlinks are provided throughout this document, where the text appears underlined, that direct
the reader to further web-based information.”
Cllr Cefin Campbell
Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs

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