County council joins forces with high-profile national climate change campaign group

A pledge to further increase Oxfordshire County Council’s local role in global efforts to tackle climate change has been underlined by the authority joining a national organisation comprised of councils with the same aims.

UK100 is the only network for UK locally elected leaders who have pledged to play their part in the global effort to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by switching to 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.

The most ambitious in the network - the Net Zero Local Leadership Club - is doing everything within its power to get their communities to net zero as soon as possible, and by 2045 at the latest.

Councillor Liz Leffman, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “UK100 works closely with elected representatives and policy experts to develop solutions to the challenges local leaders all over the country face, and to build public support for the transition and changes that are in front of us.

“Membership of UK100 will enable us to benefit from the sharing of knowledge between ourselves and partner organisation, it will connect us with the global efforts that are going on to tackle climate change and assist us in building public support.

“As a new administration at the county council we have placed efforts to tackle climate change right at the very heart of our agenda. Membership of this organisation is an example of how we are seeking to up our game. The need to take action is immediate and our urgency reflects this.”

More details on the membership and aims of UK100 can be found at uk100.org