Public Services Board partners launch Climate Emergency charter

The Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board (PSB) partners have launched a new Charter that details their commitment to addressing the Climate Emergency together.


  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Vale of Glamorgan

The Charter builds on the steps already taken to protect and enhance the Vale’s environment since the Climate Emergency declaration in 2019. 


It sets out a series of key actions for PSB partners, both within their own organisations and to act in partnership, with the aim of managing and limiting the effects of climate change:


  • Reducing emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change whilst adapting to its impacts.
  • Be kinder to the environment.
  • Be healthier.
  • Become a Carbon Neutral Public Sector by 2030.

The Charter has been informed by engagement work undertaken with young people from across the Vale and has sought to reflect this feedback.The Climate Change Charter Steering Group will be at the helm of the project, ensuring the actions set out are delivered upon, with regular progress reports to the PSB. Examples of the planned work include:


  • Plans by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to open the first net-zero in-use carbon schools in Wales.
  • Work by Natural Resources Wales to reduce emissions in its supply chains by improving procurement practices.- Tree planting in schools and on other land owned by PSB partners.
  • Improvements to buildings by PSB partners to increase energy efficiency.

Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Chair of the Vale of Glamorgan PSB, Cllr Neil Moore, said: “The launch of the PSB Climate Emergency Charter is a huge step forward in our fight against climate change. 


“The Vale’s response to the coronavirus pandemic over the past 10 months has emphasised how much can be achieved when organisations work together. We must continue to build on what we’ve learnt and apply it to the pressing need to address climate change.


“By delivering on these actions and via our continued partnership work, we can have a lasting impact on the Climate Emergency to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy our natural environments.”


Nadia De Longhi, Operations Manager with Natural Resources Wales said: “Transforming the way we all live our lives is vital if Wales is to address the climate and nature emergencies it faces.


“Our recently launched State of Natural Resources Report highlights the current impacts of climate change to stimulate support for rapid decarbonisation. 


“This Charter provides an opportunity to identify what each PSB partner can work on to mitigate and adapt to climate change, share good practice and inspire each other.


“There are many areas where we, as the Vale PSB, can lead by example to reduce our emissions and take positive action to tackle the climate and nature emergencies”


Mark Brace, Assistant Commissioner to the Police and Crime Commissioner, South Wales and Vice Chair Vale Public Services Board said: "The Climate Emergency Charter shows a clear commitment by the PSB to work together and play our part in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our times. It sets out our ambition to lead by example and work together to change to the way we work and live, delivering a sustainable difference to communities and organisations across the Vale of Glamorgan."


The Vale of Glamorgan PSB Climate Emergency Charter is available on the PSB website and progress will be reported regularly.