A Plaid-led council has become the first in Wales to launch a strategy to become net zero carbon neutral by 2030. The highly-ambitious strategy for Carmarthenshire, approved by the full council, sets out actions to cut carbon emissions and measures to offset the negative effects of CO2, which will benefit local residents and global citizens.

The plan was warmly welcomed by members of Extinction Rebellion who’d lobbied the meeting and asked over 20 questions in a good-natured and very positive session.

A Plaid spokesperson said: “The only sour note was struck by the leader of the Labour group, Cllr Rob James, who went solo by cynically dismissing the council’s radical 10-year strategy. He was accused of staggering hypocrisy, as the Labour Welsh Government has set a target date of 2050. It was an issue which had obviously caused a rift in the Labour ranks, as several members voted in favour of the strategy.”

The net zero carbon plan was drawn up after Plaid’s Aled Vaughan Owen persuaded the council to declare a climate emergency last year. Following today’s success he said: “I’m delighted with the outcome, as was almost everyone else in the council chamber, including members of Extinction Rebellion. The only one who spoke against was the Labour group leader, in an act of political folly against this living and evolving plan.

“I look forward to the implementation of this exciting strategy. We all have our part to play in getting to grips with the biggest crisis facing mankind. Today was an excellent start – the first day for the future of Carmarthenshire.”

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