About Zero Carbon Eden

On 11 July 2019, we declared both a climate emergency and an ecological emergency. We have joined over 100 other local authorities across the country in declaring these emergencies. Along with these authorities, including our neighbouring Council, South Lakeland District Council, we commit to act sustainably. This means working to maintain a healthy, clean and green environment now and in future generations.

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The motion for Zero Carbon Eden

Motion by Councillor V Taylor

This motion calls on Eden District Council:

  1. To declare a Climate Emergency and an Ecological Emergency.

  2. To aim to make Eden District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

  3. Critically to evaluate the ecological impacts of all Eden District Council’s decisions and actions; to refuse initiatives that will result in the degradation of the natural environment and biodiversity, and actively to promote the safeguarding and improvement of the natural environment.

  4. To prepare, by the end of 2019, a strategic plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030, across all activities for which the Council is responsible, working with independent expert advisory groups to ensure the Council adopts best practice.

  5. To call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and funding to meet a 2030 zero carbon target across Eden District.

  6. To work together with other councils, public and private sector organisations (within Eden, Cumbria, the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to achieve zero emissions in Eden District by 2030.

  7. To facilitate the involvement of Eden’s residents, from schoolchildren to elders, in formulating plans to address the climate and ecological crisis, delivering those plans and monitoring their progress.

Next steps to achieve net zero carbon by 2030

We are currently creating a strategic plan for us to become net zero carbon. We plan to raise awareness of all the feedback we have received from residents and businesses during consultation. This will focus on our personal carbon footprint, but also our actions that extend into the community. We will also work alongside partners, supporting residents and businesses towards a zero carbon target. We will be uploading the plan to this page in 2020, alongside a baseline for Eden District's carbon footprint.

Media releases

Please see the following items about our progress and activities towards a greener, cleaner, future:

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