Brentwood aims to be carbon neutral by 2040

Brentwood Council has voted to aim to see the borough get to carbon neutral by 2040.

Labour councillor Dr Tim Barrett had proposed a motion to aim for carbon neutrality in Brentwood by 2030 and for the council to declare a climate emergency.

The climate emergency aspect was voted down by opposition from the Tory benches and the 2030 target was amended to 2040.

The motion now reads the council pledges to do everything within its power to make Brentwood Borough Council area carbon neutral by 2040, seek the provision to provide the powers and resources to make the 2040 target possible, work with other authorities (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C and continue to work with partners across the borough and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.

Tory councillor Cliff Poppy said: “I agree with virtually all councillor Barrett’s just said.

“The only reason I think 30 is a an aggressive target is we live in a very rural area.

“It’s all very well if some of us go and buy electric cars but the farms around my area are not going to start running electric tractors.

“Some of the big lorries that have to move grain from a to b are not going to be run on electric. We’re not going to be carbon neutral in nine years time.

“It’s just not achievable. It’s not achievable where we are as a borough.”

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter