To consider any
Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure
Concentrations of CO2
in the atmosphere continue to rise despite international
agreements. Whilst targets can serve a purpose, what has been
lacking are mechanisms to drive down emissions quickly. Crucially,
this means a Carbon Tax, given that ‘Cap and Trade’
systems have failed to drive the change we need.
The moral and economic
case for such a tax rests on the ‘polluter pays’
Currently the costs of climate breakdown are not born by the
industries and activities that are causing the damage but by people
and communities coming under increasing pressure and danger. As The
Economist leader states (17/7/21); ‘The opportunity to
pollute the atmosphere without penalty is … a kind of
A Carbon Tax, set at the right level, will drive fossil fuel
burning out of the economy and promote investment in clean
Applied at the border it will have the same effect
A Carbon Tax will
produce a dividend that can be used to ensure a just transition for
communities facing rapid change, as well as to help communities
around the world adapt to the inevitable change and disruption that
climate breakdown is already bringing.
This approach is
supported by a broad coalition of NGOs and civil society groups and
was recently included in a set of proposals from the European
Commission. COP26 should establish an international carbon tax
framework, but if this doesn’t happen, the UK and other
countries wishing to show leadership should introduce their own
carbon taxes. By including a border tax adjustment this can drive
other economies to follow suit.
Therefore to support
our previously agreed Climate Emergency Declaration, Council
resolves to support calls for a Carbon Tax by mandating the
Managing Director to write to Robin Walker MP, to Alok Sharma,
President of COP26, and to the Prime Minister, calling for the UK
1. propose an
international carbon tax framework to the COP; the tax to be
applied to imports as well as to domestic production
2. Introduce a UK-wide
carbon tax by the end of 2022.
Worcester - A Cleaner and More Pleasant City
The people of
Worcester want to live in neighbourhoods that are litter free.
Clean public spaces can stimulate economic investment, tourism and
attract people to a community to live, work and
socialise. The amount of litter in the
city annoys residents and visitors and places a significant burden
on the council. The current bin review is welcome but it does not
go far enough.
With an increase in
the amount of food and drink being consumed 'on the go’ there
is an increasing amount of packaging being dropped on our streets
and it is often concentrated in hot spots near where the item was
purchased. The government's litter strategy advocates that to
tackle this councils need to influence behaviour and work alongside
businesses of all kinds.
Other councils have
adopted various strategies ... view
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