Folkestone Town Council has become one of the first town councils in the country to make reducing carbon emissions a priority. Council’s pledge and resolutions from the 4th June 2019 are set out below:
As a member of the Cinque Ports, committee was asked to consider facilitating the reduction of carbon emissions.
Resolved: That Folkestone Town Council wishes to facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions by:
- Committing to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.
- Seeking ways to encourage our community to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions and to become resilient to climate change.
- Taking active steps, wherever possible to encourage:
a) More sustainable transport
b) Reductions in energy use in homes and businesses
c) Use and development of renewable energy sources
d) Production, sale and consumption of locally sourced food
e) Any other methods of achieving the aims above
- Requesting Finance & General Purpose release £5,000 from the New Services Reserve to support this initiative.
Proposed: Cllr Peter Gane
Seconded: Cllr Ann Berry
Voting: F:4, Ag:0, Ab:0
- SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FREE
Committee was asked to consider pledging to become a ‘single-use plastic free’ Council, this would mean phasing out the use of ‘single use plastic’ (SUP) products such as bottles, cups, cutlery, food containers and drinking straws in all council activities wherever it is reasonable to do so and encouraging other organisations to do the same, by championing alternatives such as reusable water bottles and developing local initiatives under a ‘Plastic-Free Folkestone’ banner.
RESOLVED: That the Council pledges to become a ‘single-use plastic free’ Council and adopts the Plastic Free Communities Toolkit.
Proposed: Cllr Abena Akuffo-Kelly
Seconded: Cllr Paul Bingham
Voting: F:4, Ag:0, Ab:0
Useful links to other resources:
How to work out your personal carbon emissions: www.footprint.wwf.org.uk/
How to reduce your footprint: www.carbonfootprint.com/minimisecfp.html
Folkestone & Hythe District Council recycling: https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/recycling-waste-and-bins
Local Ethical Affordable Food: https://www.leaffolkestone.org
Ashden Climate Co-benefits toolkit: https://fftf.org.uk/Ashden-toolkit-helps-local-authorities-cut-carbon-emissions-improve-quality-of-life
Friends of the Earth UK (33 actions local authorities can do on climate change): https://policy.friendsoftheearth.uk/insight/33-actions-local-authorities-can-take-climate-change
Marches Energy Agency: https://www.mea.org.uk/
Meat Free Mondays: https://www.meatfreemondays.com/recipes/