South Kesteven District Council is recruiting a
Sustainability and Climate Change Officer to assist the authority in tackling Climate Change! The deadline for applications to this exciting job is 14th October 2019.
The recruitment of this Officer is a direct result of the Council’s declaration of ‘Climate Emergency’ following a debate last month’s Full Council. I originally put the issue on the council agenda as a motion (submitted immediately after the previous Full Council meeting). However, in the intervening months, Cllr Peter Moseley (Con) presented a Climate Emergency report to Cabinet which also appeared on the agenda of Full Council. Cllr Moseley’s proposal included the establishment of a ‘Task and Finish Group’ to investigate how SKDC can address issues of Climate Change.
Our two separate proposals differed in terms of specific objectives and targets but happily I was able to meet with Cllr Moseley to discuss the differences between our two Climate Emergency proposals and to try and find a middle-ground.
It was agreed that I should propose an amendment to Cllr Moseley’s proposal which would include three key points:
- Establish environmental performance indicators
- Set a target of achieving ‘net zero’ emissions for the Council as early as possible before 2050
- Set a target of reducing emissions from the Council by 30% by 2030.
We each took the draft compromise amendment to our respective Party groups and the proposal and the amendment were discussed by Council on 29th September.Continue reading