Hillingdon Council must be "more ambitious" on Climate Change say Labour

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

In their response to Hillingdon Council's draft Climate Change Action Plan, Hillingdon Labour Group have called on the governing Conservative administration to be more ambitious in their attempts to attempts to address the Climate Emergency.

The draft Climate Change Action plan, put out to public consultation in mid-March, sets out a roadmap to make all Council services Carbon neutral by 2030.

Labour say the Council should go further and, like other local authorities in London, work to ensure a carbon zero borough by 2050.

To this end, Labour have suggested some amendments to the plan. They say the Council should be working to inspire residents, businesses and schools to reduce their own carbon emissions. Further, they say the Council should work to ensure its investments do not contribute to climate change, divesting from all companies and ventures who produce fossil fuels by 2030.

Speaking about Labour's submission, Labour Group Deputy Leader Cllr Stuart Mathers said:

"Climate change is the biggest threat to our plant and it impacts on Hillingdon residents through increased flooding and adverse weathers. The Council's Climate Change Action Plan must be more ambitious focusing on a zero carbon Borough to match the scale of this challenge.

"Rather than be the ‘greenest’ London borough which we already are with our more rural north we must be an environmental pioneer innovating like other local authorities in green technologies and community initiatives for a stronger and more diverse local economy with more jobs and stronger local communities involved at every level."

The consultation on the draft action plan has now closed.