New climate change committee for Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson with Borough Hall Solar Panels
Since 2009, the council has installed solar panels on a number of its buildings

In one of his first actions as the re-elected mayor, Dave Hodgson has announced the creation of a Bedford Borough Council Climate Change Committee.

The cross-party committee will seek to maintain and accelerate the Council’s progress in tackling climate change.

Mayor Dave, who was re-elected last week for a fourth term, is now inviting representatives from all political groups sitting on Bedford Borough Council to join the new executive committee as non-executive members.

It’s hoped the move will ensure they can all contribute to the ongoing work on what is a priority area for the Council.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Under Mayor Dave, Bedford Borough Council has halved its carbon emissions, exceeding the ambitious target it set itself of a 40% reduction.

“In March, Mayor Dave’s Executive declared a climate emergency and pledged to begin work towards zero carbon by 2030.

“With this major challenge ahead, Mayor Dave is creating this new all-party body to bring added impetus to this vital work.”

Mayor Dave Hodgson added: “Tackling climate change has always been a clear priority for us and we’ve made huge progress.

“This new all-party committee is intended to help us go even further in protecting our local and wider environment.’

“We’re already committed to working towards zero carbon by 2030, and having already cut emissions in half we want to maintain the momentum as we take on this major challenge.’

“It’s an ambitious aim, but we owe nothing less to current and future generations of Bedford Borough residents. I look forward to working with Councillors across all parties in this crucial task.”

It’s understood that the membership of the committee and its terms of reference will be announced shortly as the mayor continues discussions with councillors of all parties the elections last week.

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