Eden District Council leader signs UK100 Net Zero Pledge ahead of COP26

Cllr Virginia Taylor, Leader of Eden District Council, has joined 87 other leaders of local government across the country in signing up to the NGO UK100 Net Zero Pledge.

The pledge commits Local Authorities to neutralising their own emissions by 2030 and those of their local residents and businesses by 2045 - five years ahead of the government’s 2050 target. As part of its Climate and Ecological Emergency declared in 2019, Eden District Council has gone one step further and committed both itself and the Eden district as a whole to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The new commitments, from rural and metropolitan councils alike across the UK, come just over a week before the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). From 31 October until 12 November, the UK is hosting COP26 in Glasgow: bringing together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.

Cllr Virginia Taylor, Leader of Eden District Council, said, “I’m delighted that Eden District Council is joining the UK100 network and that we will be part of the only association of Local Authorities across the UK committed to bringing each constituent council’s emissions to Net-Zero by 2030.

“Membership of the UK100 will put the Council in both national and international forums sharing best practice and will help to progress Eden’s climate change objectives and biodiversity commitments.”

Christopher Hammond, Network Membership Director at UK100, said, “The fundamental challenge of our time is moving towards Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions to preserve our way of life and avert climate breakdown.

“As the international community comes together in Glasgow for COP26, global decisions need to be delivered at a local level. It's a task that will need bold leadership, legislative clarity, shifts in behaviour and enthusiastic adoption of new technologies.

“Local government is uniquely placed to overcome these challenges. Not only do they provide services, but they have a unique sphere of influence.

“Fantastic things are already happening from UK100’s ambitious members, in county, city and town halls across the country. They are already playing a decisive role in tackling climate change ahead of the UK government's target, making their communities fairer, safer and greener."

For more information on Eden District Council’s Zero Carbon Eden commitments, visit www.eden.gov.uk/your-environment/zero-carbon-eden/.