At the Council Meeting on October 17th it was unanimously RESOLVED that
The Environment & Sustainability Committee, with the support of the working group, form a report on the implications of climate change for RBC and for this report to have regard to, but not be limited to, consideration of the matters set out in items 1-14 of this motion as set out below:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
  2. Set up or purchase market and information monitoring tools that allow
    reasonable estimates of the carbon emissions of all economic and social
    activity regardless of sector within the borough.
  3. Set a target to make Runnymede Borough Council carbon neutral by 2025, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
  4. Set a target to make the whole of the borough, including all economic and social activity regardless of sector, carbon neutral from a production and energy consumption (including transport) point of view by 2030.
  5. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target easier to achieve.
  6. Instruct the Constitutional and Legislative MWG to explore ways the
    Sustainable Communities Act could be used to support RBC carbon
    emissions reduction targets.
  7. Work with other councils and the government to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C. Continue to work with partners across the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
  8. To set up a specific climate change and carbon reduction MWG and require all service committees to be presented with policies and plans to deliver against these targets within 6 months.
  9. Produce a report for next Council on the level of investment in fossil fuel
    and carbon intensive industry of our pension plan and other investments.
  10. Embed climate change targets into the Council’s future investment plans.
  11. Embed climate change objectives into planning policy.
  12. Report by Annual Council 2020 a costed action plan to get to targets set out above
  13. Report to Council annually with the current situation and plans the council will take to address this emergency.
  14. Aspire for national recognition as having the most ambitious and
    comprehensive climate change targets, plans and accountability structures of any branch of local government in England and Wales.