An update of Herts County Council's Sustainable Herts Strategy presented to this week's Environment Cabinet Panel reveals that this crucial strategy almost completely ignores the negative effect that the council's growth proposals will have on carbon emissions and biodiversity across Hertfordshire. The strategy also takes no account of the impact of goods and services that the council buys and says nothing about the impact of climate change on many of the council's services according to the Liberal Democrat County Councillors.
Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, County Councillor Steve Jarvis said, "Whilst the County Council has taken some worthwhile steps to cut carbon emissions and improve biodiversity there is a lot more that is required. We had asked for the council's sustainability strategy to be updated but what the Conservatives have provided is disappointing.
"The council cannot claim it is meeting its targets of being carbon neutral for its own operations if it just ignores the carbon impact of the goods and services it buys. It is also planning to sell land for developing hundreds of houses and building thousands more with partners. It should be looking at how these can be built to the highest possible environmental standards, instead of just the minimum required by the government. Apart from addressing the climate emergency this will protect the residents who will live in these houses from future rises in energy costs."