Open letter to the County Council

Net zero in 2030

Dear Councillors Mans, Warwick and cabinet members,

In light of the latest science on the climate emergency facing us all, Fareham Liberal Democrats believe that HCC’s current plan to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 fails all the criteria for avoiding a climate catastrophe.
The IPCC report of 2018 states that if we have not significantly reduced our carbon usage within 12 years then the planet faces a catastrophic temperature rise.
It is simply irresponsible for HCC not to bring forward its net zero carbon target to 2030. You may think taking a lead from Westminster with its 2050 national target will provide you with a figleaf of an excuse. It will not; the scientific facts are clear and known.
Fareham Borough Council unanimously voted to make itself carbon neutral by 2030. HCC should do the same. Fareham Liberal Democrats urge you to make the change to 2030 when the plan is reviewed in September.

Yours faithfully,
Peter Davison
Chair, Fareham Liberal Democrats

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