Speaking ahead of tabling a motion asking officers to explore how the Council’s carbon footprint can be reduced, Emmet – currently Belfast’s Deputy Lord Mayor – said we all have a part to play on this important issue.
He added: “As a Council there are many small changes we could be making to reduce our emissions, becoming a local leader on how best to reduce our carbon footprint.
“What I want is for the council to look at its carbon emissions and work out how they can reduce it.
“The council provides a range of services and through its activities does have an impact on the environment – I want us to quantity that and then take steps to reduce it.
“If the council is building a leisure centre, refitting a community centre, leasing vehicles, or conducting any part of its daily operations, the council should be considering the environmental impact of this.”