On Wednesday 13 March, the Conservatives on Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet refused to sign up to the UK100 Agreement.
Sam Corcoran said, “Climate Change is the greatest challenge facing our generation. It’s a difficult one for politicians because the damage caused by inaction will be felt after the next election whereas the difficult decisions need to be taken now. So it’s not a great surprise to me that the proposal to sign up to the UK100 is not recommended for approval at this Cabinet meeting.
The Conservative policy is certainly to speak in favour of doing something about climate change, but not actually grasp the nettle. By contrast Labour’s Industrial Strategy sets two initial missions - one focussed on outputs related to the green economy, and one focussed on the inputs necessary to make the UK an innovation nation.
That is the vision I have for Cheshire East; Cheshire is renowned as a green county with beautiful countryside. We should promote that vision and promote Cheshire East as a place where the green economy can thrive. We have geothermal potential under Crewe. Cheshire East Council should be promoting green energy.
Labour-controlled Cheshire West & Chester Council has signed up to the UK100 Agreement. I am disappointed that Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council has refused to sign up to the UK100 Agreement.“
In December Councillor Sam Corcoran had proposed the following motion at Cheshire East Council
This Council acknowledges;
- the historic commitments made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change
Conference in Paris toward the future of renewable energy;
- our responsibility to help secure an environmentally sustainable future for
our residents and in relation to the global effects of anthropogenic climate
This Council subsequently notes that;
- despite the Paris Agreement placing no binding commitments upon local
government institutions, we as a Council can still play our part in the global
movement towards a sustainable energy future;
- additional benefits of the development of green industries include the
potential to create well-paid, high-skilled employment locally, regionally and
- the UK100 Agreement pledge outlines the ambition for the UK regions to
exceed the Paris Climate targets through achieving 100% ‘clean energy’
usage by 2050.
In light of this, this Council therefore resolves to;
- match the ambitions of the UK100 Agreement through pledging to achieve
100% clean energy across Cheshire East Council’s full range of functions by
2050 (defined as 70% from fully renewable sources [Wind, Water, Solar],
with the remainder from other low CO2 forms of energy production, in line
with ambitious post-2040 energy mix forecasts;
- work in partnership with our residents and business community to deliver
against the commitments made nationally and internationally at the 2015
- turn these commitments into reality through developing a ‘route map’ to a
sustainable future, working together with Cheshire East’s business,
educational and residential communities as part of an integrated approach to
a shared sustainable future.