Green City Charter
Southampton Labour sets out ambitious plans in Green City Charter
Today’s Southampton City Council Cabinet meeting focused exclusively on how to get a cleaner, greener and healthier Southampton.
Since 2016, when Labour put the Clean Air Strategy in place, pollution levels (NOx) have reduced by up to 24% in some areas of the city. This has been made possible by initiatives like the taxi scrappage scheme, which encourages drivers to buy Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) has already been taken up by 22% of the city’s taxi fleet.
The clean air zone consultation in 2018 demonstrated the widespread public interest in the issue of air quality with an unprecedented number of respondents (nearly 10000). The consultation has raised awareness, and engaged many people and key partners on this critical issue.
A package of measures are now being proposed, which includes proposals from the port to introduce ship to shore power and charge for older polluting vehicles in the port.
"We want to go above and beyond the government targets" Steve Leggett
Cllr Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City says ‘we want to go above and beyond the government targets, and are therefore launching a bold and ambitious plan we are calling the Green City Charter, where we are setting some of the most aggressive pollution reduction targets in the country’.
"We are determined to ensure that as this city grows, we deliver ‘clean growth" Cllr Chris Hammond, Leader of the Council and Clean Growth
Cllr Chris Hammond, Leader of the Council and Clean Growth said: ‘we are determined to ensure that as this city grows, we deliver ‘clean growth’ that puts our peoples’ health at the forefront of our policies. We will work with residents, businesses and all partners to deliver actions that will improve air quality, reduce pollution, minimise the impact of climate change and deliver more sustainable growth. Further consultation and engagement will continue before formal adoption of the Charter in March 2019
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