Climate Emergency

We have adopted an exciting and far-reaching Climate Emergency Plan which will put us at the forefront of the battle to tackle climate change.

Our Climate Emergency Action Plan

We are committed to leading the fight against climate change in Penzance and have already adopted a Climate Emergency Plan to tackle issues locally.

Our Climate Emergency Sub-Committee have created a plan that sets out how we need to take action to ‘put our own house in order’, as well as working with partners and community-based groups to help raise public awareness to reduce carbon emissions and restore ecology.

Penlee Park

Climate Emergency Sub-Committee

Penzance Council unanimously declared a Climate Emergency in April 2019. The Council set up a Climate Emergency Sub-Committee to come up with a comprehensive action plan and forge local partnerships to help lead the battle to tackle climate change.

The Sub-Committee is made up of Town Councillors:

and representatives from Sustainable Penzance, Plastic Free Penzance, Extinction Rebellion West Cornwall, the Women’s Institute and Mounts Bay Marine Group.

Our “in house” actions so far:

  • Using locally sourced food at all Council events
  • Adopted a Plastic Free Event Charter for Council events and for funded events
  • Introduced mixed recycling bins in our offices
  • Providing Climate Emergency training for staff and Councillors
  • Ensuring that Penzance Council has no direct investments involving the fossil fuel industry (with ongoing investigation into more ethical investments)
  • Use of composting in Penlee Park
  • Where possible we have upgraded gardening equipment to be electric/battery powered
  • Invested in a new weed machine that does not use glyphosate-based chemicals
  • Introduced criteria that favours external companies with environmental considerations
  • Installed dual waste and mixed recycling bins in Penlee Park

Our Local Partners

We are currently working with Plastic Free Penzance, Transition Penwith, Sustainable Penzance, Extinction Rebellion, Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes and Mounts Bay Marine Group.

Plastic Free Penzance logo with URL link to their website
Cornwall Federation of Women's Institute logo with URL link to their website
Transition Penwith logo with URL link to their website
Mounts Bay Marine Group logo with URL link to their website
Sustainable Penzance logo with URL link to their website
Extinction Rebellion logo with URL link to the West Cornwall Group's Facebook page

If your school or organisation is interested in working with us within the Parish to help tackle the Climate Emergency please contact us.

Climate Emergency Grant Funding

Climate Emergency Grants are available from Penzance Council for environmental projects and events that help to raise awareness and/or address the Climate Emergency in our Parish.

All applications are considered by the Climate Emergency Sub-Committee in the first instance before progressing to the Finance & General Purposes Committee/Full Council as appropriate.

For more information and to access the application forms to apply please visit our Grants webpage.

Refill PZ

Refill Penzance logo

Refill PZ launched in May 2021, to give locals and visitors to Penzance an easy and immediate way to avoid single-use plastic.

The scheme, which is a collaboration between Plastic Free PenzanceSustainable PZ and Penzance Council, came about after queries to Plastic Free Penzance asking why there wasn’t a dedicated Refill Shop in the town where people could do the weekly shop, and as the existing community water refill scheme looked to expand to public water fountains.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Check out the Refill PZ map to see businesses involved and what’s on offer
  2. Download the Refill App to search on the fly. You can use it across the rest of the UK (in fact the world) to find refill locations
  3. Look out for window cards and posters in shops to indicate they offer refill
  4. Choose to refill water and coffee instead of using single-use bottles and cups
  5. Switch up the weekly shop and buy goods on refill instead of single-use wrapped
  6. Check out the Plastic Free Champion Business Directory to see where else you can shop in PZ to reduce plastic
  7. Spread the word to friends and family

Earth Protector Town

In January 2021, we became an Earth Protector Town – a global collaborative movement of towns to protect the earth!

As a Council we have committed to collaborate and cooperate with communities, other local government bodies, businesses and other organisations to protect land, wildlife, air, soil and water.

There are five goals for Earth Protector Towns:

  • Produce a strategy and a date to achieve a carbon zero future
  • Practice the move from sustainable to regenerative living wherever possible
  • Protect and enhance eco-systems, habitats and species in and around the town
  • Pioneer the reduction and elimination of single use plastic
  • Promote awareness of climate and ecological emergencies

We continue to work on these five goals in cooperation with our local partners and the Stop Ecocide Campaign.

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