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Rees to add tackling climate emergency to personal policy portfolio

By bristol247, Wednesday Aug 28, 2019

In what is believed to be a UK first, Bristol’s mayor has added tackling the climate emergency to his personal policy portfolio.

Marvin Rees has also brought the Green New Deal into his cabinet structure, with this now under Central ward councillor Kye Dudd’s extended remit alongside transport and energy.

Rees said: “Bristol has led the way on telling the truth about the climate emergency we face and tackling it, alongside challenges at the same time around social justice.

“We are acting. Through procurement, city planning, and investment in heat networks, we are tackling the poverty and inequality that takes away the economic and emotional space people need to be able to take the medium to long view. We are making the change the city and world needs.”

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Many areas of Bristol have illegal levels of air pollution

Dudd added: “Over the last 18 months, I have pushed forward Bristol’s £1 billion investment in cleaner, greener energy. The City Leap programme will totally transform how we generate, use, transfer, and store energy.

“Labour have backed City Leap when other parties have refused to act on the climate emergency, choosing instead just to talk about it.”

Read more: ‘Declaring a climate emergency means acting on it’

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