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29th Jun, 2022

Warwickshire joins worldwide Race to Zero

COUNTY leaders have pledged their commitment to the worldwide race to net zero carbon emissions ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26.

Warwickshire has joined 799 cities, areas and businesses around the world in a pledge to halve carbon emissions by 2030 – and reach net-zero emissions in the 2040s or sooner.

Projects underway include planting a tree for every resident in the county and the £1 million Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund.

Warwickshire County Council leader Izzi Seccombe and chief executive Monica Fogarty have confirmed participation in the Cities Race to Zero campaign.

In the run-up to COP-26, the Race to Zero campaign aims to bring together a powerful coalition of businesses, investors, cities, and regions in history to create green jobs and tackle climate change.

Coun Seccombe said: “The challenge of the cilimate change emergency is truly a global one that extends well beyond the boundaries of counties or even nations. This is a challenge faced by everyone who is alive today wherever they are in the world and the only solution to this is has to be an equally global one.

“It is for these reasons that Warwickshire pledges its commitment to the race to zero, which is already uniting areas around the world to raise their climate ambition, make new commitments to protect our planet, and lay the foundation for a more just, sustainable, and resilient future for our planet.

As Warwickshire makes our commitment to the race to zero, I would like to call on our neighbouring authorities, our partner organisations and the whole of the UK to follow suit and together strive for a greener and brighter future for all.”

Warwickshire has pledged to endorse the following principles:

– We recognise the global climate emergency.

– We are committed to keeping global heating below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement.

– We are committed to putting inclusive climate action at the centre of all urban decision-making, to create thriving and equitable communities for everyone.

– We invite our partners – political leaders, CEOs, trade unions, investors, and civil society – to join us in recognising the global climate emergency and help us deliver on science-based action to overcome it.

It has also pledged to begin implementing specific inclusive climate policies across buildings, transport, waste, clean energy, food, nature, and other key sectors.

Visit for more details on how Warwickshire is tackling the climate emergency and for more information on the Race to Zero.


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