Our response to the proposed Welwyn Hatfield Climate Change Strategy
CPRE Hertfordshire welcomed Welwyn Hatfield Borough’s recent consultation on its proposed Climate Change Strategy as a positive step. But we believe it needs to go much further.
A credible carbon reduction strategy needs to aim for net zero emissions as soon as possible. It should value the countryside and be aligned with a land use planning and transport strategy that emphasises regeneration, walkable neighbourhoods, low car dependency and traffic reduction.
We would like the strategy to more clearly acknowledge the valuable role of the countryside as a carbon sequester, which aligns with other biodiversity goals. The countryside must not be seen simply as a convenient repository for excess housing demand.
Read our full consultation response here.