On 30th April 2019, the Welsh Government declared a climate emergency. The announcement drew attention in Wales to the magnitude and significance of the latest evidence on climate change and highlighted the recent climate protests across the UK.
Tackling climate change requires collective action and there is a role to play for every community, business and public service in Wales. In making such a declaration, the Welsh Government is hoping that it will trigger a wave of action at home and abroad.
Neath Port Talbot Council has a range of legal duties placed upon it. These include economic development, proper stewardship of public monies and obtaining value for money. The Council is also a community leader, as well as being a landowner, an employer, a regulatory body and service provider.
It is imperative therefore that the Council leads by example and continues to commit to doing its fair share to reduce carbon emissions to help achieve national targets. Limiting future climate change is regarded internationally as the single most serious issue faced by society. Tackling the issue requires collective action and the Council has an important role to play in this respect.
The DARE Strategy outlines the Council’s overarching vision and objectives, sets out what the Council has already achieved and identifies the potential future opportunities that exist. The document is therefore an integral part of the Council’s overall sustainability drive and the associated action plan framework will assist the Council in meeting its carbon footprint reduction aspirations.
The Council’s Cabinet Scrutiny Committee / Cabinet approved the DARE Strategy on 21st May 2020 to ensure that a clear strategy and action plan was issued by the Council in respect of the Climate Change / Decarbonisation Agenda.