The Conservative Government, Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswold District Council have now declared climate emergencies.
There have been a number of local Conservative party initiatives including placing solar panels on council buildings and making sure new council buildings are carbon neutral which have all gained cross party support.
The UK has become the first major economy in the world to commit to ending its contribution towards global warming, with a new law to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The UK has reduced emissions faster than any other advanced country in the world, with 2018 the cleanest and greenest year on record. By legislating for net zero, we will now go even further, phasing out coal power, committing billions of pounds to develop new renewable technologies and creating hundreds of thousands of low carbon jobs.
By investing in green industries and decarbonising our economy we will leave the environment in a better state for the next generation – carrying on a long tradition of making sensible, workable policies that protect the planet while growing the economy.
We have made good progress both locally and nationally to date but there is still more to do.