Zero carbon shropshire

Shropshire Climate Action Partnership is being established to coordinate a collaborative Shropshire-wide community response to the climate and ecological crisis and oversee the creation of a Zero Carbon Shropshire Plan (ZCSP) that provides an adequate response to the emergency.

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Zero Carbon shropshire

Shropshire Climate Action Partnership is being established to coordinate a collaborative Shropshire-wide community response to the climate and ecological crisis and oversee the creation of a Zero Carbon Shropshire Plan (ZCSP) that provides an adequate response to the emergency.

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What’s the problem?

Human development since the industrial revolution has led to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, causing rapid increase in global temperatures and climate change that threatens future life on earth. 

Most of the problem has been caused by human activities since the original UN climate change convention in Rio in 1992.  CO2 loading has more than doubled, and emissions are racing out of control.  During this time humans have doubled our use of resources and now consume over twice the sustainable resource use limit for life on the planet.

The destruction of natural habitat has destroyed more than half of life on Earth since 1970, including biomass that used to keep the CO2 in check, leading to tipping points that are accelerating climate change.

The footprint of the western world is huge compared to less developed nations.  The roots of this problem are here in Shropshire, the birthplace of the industrial revolution. 

What’s the solution?

There are solutions and most of the technologies needed are already available. 

What is currently lacking is a coherent practical plan and coordinated action to achieve the 10% per annum average reduction required from 2019 emissions to reach net zero by 2030.  The pace of change required is phenomenal and will be very challenging.  All those asked to make difficult changes to their homes, businesses and lifestyles will need to understand why these changes are necessary and what trade-offs are entailed.  A coherent overall plan offers the opportunity to demonstrate why such choices are necessary, and this will be key to getting the commitment that is needed to make it work and consider global climate justice along the way.

There is an opportunity to harness the environmental technologies and entrepreneurship of local firms to build economic success for Shropshire through nurturing the new sustainable goods and services that deliver a sustainable future.  This Plan will help show where these opportunities arise.

Through wide consultation and engagement with communities and stakeholder representative groups it will be possible to ensure as far as possible that solutions adopted for the plan for Shropshire will meet the priorities and interests of local stakeholders.

The scope of this project is limited to development of plans for the achievement of net zero carbon Shropshire.  It does not include considering mitigation of impacts of climate change, although the solutions adopted will need to be resilient to climate change and adaptive to the changing circumstances.

The overall objective is to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2030 at the latest, to include enhancements to the natural landscape of Shropshire and land use changes required to stabilise carbon stores and to absorb carbon.

This new initiative sets up a partnership for Shropshire.  A partnership that will reach out and engage with all stakeholders and communities across our lovely county, and oversee the development of a suitable plan for achieving net zero carbon Shropshire by 2030.  We look forward to your input.