All systems go: green light for climate action programme in Herefordshire

In the wake of Cop26 Herefordshire Council established its Climate and Nature Partnership Board. The board will support the objective for Herefordshire to be a thriving zero-carbon and nature rich county by 2030.

The Council has appointed 15 individuals to help drive the implementation of the countywide Climate and Nature Action Plan, which has been co-developed with people and organisations across Herefordshire.

The Action Plan covers six key topics  –  transport;  energy;  housing and buildings;  waste;  food;  farming and land use. Gareth Williams and Ian Howie, both with farming connections in the county have been appointed to the Farming and Land Use sub-group.

The Board will steer the county’s Climate and Nature Action Plan, commission projects to help deliver it, monitor progress and is part of a long term push by the county to lead by example in taking action to mitigate climate change and bring about positive change for the benefit of everyone.

Councillor Ellie Chowns, Cabinet member for the environment and economy said “This is a key step in bringing people together to drive forward climate and nature action across the whole county.  We’re all passionate about protecting Herefordshire’s wonderful natural environment and wildlife for the benefit of future generations” adding we are extremely fortunate to have attracted such an exceptional, committed and diverse group of individuals to the Board, who will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge through their roles in conservation, wildlife, architecture, the media, community energy, research, farming and land management, agricultural policy and running businesses.

The Board will encourage everyone in the county – individuals, groups and businesses to get involved in taking action on climate and nature.

Ellie Chowns, Herefordshire cabinet member for Economy and Environment, Herefordshire who will chair the board, said “We want to encourage everyone living, working and running businesses in Herefordshire to do their bit and take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Tackling the climate emergency needs us all to play our part so that everyone can continue to enjoy what our county can offer for many years to come.”

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