Under Labour leadership, Stroud District Council’s achievements have long been recognised nationally with other councils learning from our best practice, but we are ambitious to do more.
In advance of this year’s COP26, we’re one of 50 local authorities to sign up to UK100’s Net Zero Pledges and we have just adopted one of the most detailed strategies and plans to get to our aim of becoming a carbon neutral district by 2030.
In 2019 the council made a bold commitment to be a carbon neutral district by 2030. The council pledged to ‘do everything within the council’s power to make Stroud district carbon neutral by 2030’.
We’re running out of time to meet the great challenge of our time, as human activity makes rapid changes to the climate and biodiversity declines across the globe and the eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom this year as we host COP26.
We face the headwinds of a national government that makes the right noises about green ambitions but fails to put in place the fundamental changes we need to transition to a new way of living and working, within the resources of our planet. True ambition to do this could result in a better life for all.
Labour recognises that achieving a just transition to a low carbon economy of the future will address the same challenges as rising inequality and discrimination. We will adopt a local Green New Deal for the district that guarantees that growth is clean and sustainable, nature has a chance to recover and we keep wealth local and fair. This means rapidly reducing our carbon emissions, and building resilience into our natural surroundings, and this can only be done by all of us working together.
Our main pledge will be to work to implement the first phase of the council’s 2030 Strategy Master Plan, laying the foundations through to the 2024 election so the plan can be achieved by 2030, with the key themes: Built Environment, Energy, Natural Environment, Mobility, Economy, Waste and Community.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
• Maintain local recycling rates and annually reduce the amount of waste produced
• Encourage and support local initiatives to ‘reduce, repair and recycle’
• Explore options for sorting left over waste before it is incinerated
• Increase waste facilities across the district
• Work with the public sector and businesses to implement the Gloucestershire Energy Strategy including community-owned renewable energy schemes
• Increase renewable generation in the district and work on decarbonising existing networks
• All council premises to be 100% renewable energy powered
Cleaner, greener, more active travel
• Conduct a district-wide community consultation to establish key strategic asks for walking and cycling investment based on greatest positive impact
• Expand the local electrical charge point network for vehicles
• Incentivise the move to hybrid and EV vehicles with parking charge discounts
• Support world car free day on September 22
Our natural environment
• Develop a district Local Nature Recovery Strategy
• Seek more opportunities for re-wilding to boost local biodiversity in partnership with landowners, the farming community and local environmental organisations
• Increase woodland coverage in the district
• Work with communities and other partners to champion insect life, increasing insect-friendly green spaces and reducing pesticide use
• Continue to promote and support nature-based solutions to environmental challenges such as flooding, soil erosion and sea level rise
• Develop a Canal and Waterways Strategy to protect and enhance our waterways, canals and rivers, identifying opportunities for re- wilding, economic regeneration and energy generation
• Develop a local carbon offsetting scheme with local landowners and environmental organisations