Decision details

Declaration of Climate Emergency

Decision Maker: Deputy City Mayor - with responsibilities for Environment, Public Health and Health Integration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To issue a formal Declaration of Climate Emergency.


(1)       Declare a Climate Emergency for the city.


(2)       Address this state of emergency by developing a new programme of action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for a changing climate in the next Sustainability Action Plan for the city.


(3)       Commission a review and updating of the council’s climate change targets, in light of the Climate Emergency.

Reasons for the decision:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced a special report in October 2018 which estimates that there are only 12 years left to act decisively on climate change, to be able to keep global warming within1.5°C. Leicester City Council is declaring a Climate Emergency in response to this, to further reduce carbon emissions in the city, to address climate change.

Alternative options:

Not to declare a Climate Emergency.

Publication date: 01/02/2019

Date of decision: 01/02/2019

Effective from: 09/02/2019

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