The UK government has reacted to the IPCC 8th October report: BEIS minister of state Claire Perry has asked the Committee on Climate Change to produce a report by end March 2019 (see BEIS website) but unfortunately it covers only longer-term targets i.e. to 2050. It specifically says:
“Carbon budgets already set in legislation (Carbon Budgets 3-5 covering 2018-2032) are out of scope of this request.”
(if you think this isn’t good enough, write to your MP).
Meanwhile BTN has made the point to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Manydown Overview Committee that the developers need to re-run their cost models to account for Manydown being carbon-neutral. See us in the video of the meeting at BDBC’s YouTube site (when it is released – sometime next week i.e. after 20th October – but we are well over an hour into the proceedings). Our speech is at speechtoMOConIPCC17Oct2018
The shock news that the Council is withdrawing the mixed-plastic recycling bins from Basingstoke triggered us to launch a petition, which you can sign at: Change.org . We presented the 700-odd signatures we’d got by then to yesterday’s (Thurs 18th October) full Council meeting, from which they will go to the environment portfolio-holder in the Council cabinet. Our petition calls for the development of a recycling strategy for the Borough, since its recycling record of 26% is abysmal.