Monmouthshire County Council is updating its action plan to reduce its impact on climate and is keen to receive ideas on working with communities to cut carbon emissions.

Monmouthshire’s action plan followed its declaration of a climate emergency in 2019, and committed the council to cutting its own carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 while working with residents and organisations to help reduce climate change.  Despite good progress – including encouraging active travel and recycling, switching to renewable energy, purchasing electric vehicles, installing energy-saving measures and changing its management of green spaces – the council recognises it needs to intensify its actions if it is to meet carbon reduction targets.

Residents and organisations can assist the council to develop its climate action plan by participating in an online survey – shorturl.at/ekpET – or attending a drop-in session at Abergavenny Library on Monday 20th September from 2pm to 5pm where the council will display its plans for the future and receive ideas to enhance them.  The council will also run a stall from 10am to 4pm at the Monmouth Climate Futures Festival on Sunday 26th September where contributions from the community will be welcomed.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for climate change, Councillor Jane Pratt said: “We have made much good progress in reducing carbon emissions and helping to reduce climate change, but we still have an urgent need to do lots more.  The council can’t do this on its own – we need everyone to play their part in tackling the climate emergency, so please get involved, tell us what you think and let us know how we can help you to join the challenge of reaching the target of net zero carbon.”