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Climate emergency - updates - what comes next?

There are lots of exciting future opportunities for Dorset Council and our residents to help in the fight against climate change.

We have recently formed Task and Finish groups. These are made up of elected members and officers from across the entire council working across various services who are best positioned to develop the good work we have already started as well as look to how we can change the way we do things in the future to reduce our own carbon footprint as a council.

Ideas we are currently discussing include:

  • greener vehicles - conversion of vehicles to electric/bio-fuel models. Installing more electric vehicle charging points in our car parks
  • greener buildings - enforcing minimum energy efficiency standards (e.g. heating and insulation) and sustainable development (eg. solar panels) before granting licencing for building, developing or renting buildings
  • green energy - further investigation of investing in sustainable energy production such as wind and solar farms, and purchasing green energy from external suppliers

Read the summary report regarding Dorset Council's Call for Ideas, that ran throughout winter 2019/20.

Read some of the presentations given to the Executive Advisory Panel for Climate Change at our Inquiry Day sessions on Friday 21 February and Tuesday 3 March.

Table of climate presentations given to the Executive Advisory Panel on Climate Change
 Presenter Idea description
Alex Mackenzie (Summer Lodge) Support a platform on which to share best practice within businesses
Amber Peters (Skills and Learning) New Environmental Awareness course
Bernard White Planning enforcement
Caz Dennett (Extinction Rebellion) 5 ways to tell the truth and the benefits of doing so
Chris Reynolds The opportunity for Weymouth to be an exemplar sustainable town
Cleo Evans (The Arts Development Company) Three things we do to bring about big change
Donna Curtis Natural environment preservation and development
Dorset Youth Voice A case for change
Eco Crew (Damers First School) Electric charging points, better transport, composting
Jonathan Purssell The natural way forward: An innovative re-wilding project in North Dorset
Kate Forrester (Transition Town Dorchester) Various ideas around buildings
Liz Ferioli-Brown Ditch the car and walk
Michael Oldman Energy savings in offices and similar premises
Paul Whitehead Pollution caused by idling vehicles
Pete West Financing the transition to Dorset's Low Carbon Economy
Peter Emery Lower speed limits and other ideas
Phil Christopher (Huff and Puff Construction) Straw bale building
Professor Robert Kenward SUME: Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems
Ralph Watts The Transition to Low Carbon Transport
Rupert Cope Re-industrialising Dorset through the Green Economy
Sarah Wise (Wimborne War on Waste) Rethinking Single Use Plastic
Simon West (Lyme Regis One Planet Working Group) Solar Car Park Proposal

Read the initial thoughts and findings report to the Climate Change Executive Advisory Group on Friday 18 October, following the Climate Emergency workshop the previous day.

Read the opening presentation given at the Climate Emergency workshop on Thursday 17 October.

Read a presentation from the Technical Officers group to the Climate Change Executive Advisory Group on their work so far (13 September 2019).

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