Our Planet Matters

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are known around the world for beautiful landscapes and rich ecosystems. From coastline to countryside our landscape is an asset to be protected and handed down to future generations. Never before has public awareness about environmental issues been so high, I want to see that we seize this opportunity to better protect and preserve our environment, for now and for future generations. Cornwall's beauty and wildlife is what attracts so many visitors each year, and what makes it such a special place to live.

For updates on national environmental issues, and local work I am doing please browse the articles below. 

For my weekly recommendations to Cornwall Council on their plans for Carbon Free Cornwall 2030 click here. 

 

News

MP's Column

Cornwall Councillors want to play their part in reducing harmful emissions and protecting and enhancing our natural environment. Unless local authorities follow Cornwall’s lead, the Government has no chance of reducing the UK’s carbon footprint to net zero.

MP's Column

To promote widely and wildly what Cornwall Council already has in place to help cut costs and cut carbon is my 15th suggestion for Cornwall Council’s Carbon-Free Plan. 

Have your say on future flood policy

Over the coming decades, flood and coastal erosion risks will increase as a result of population growth and climate change. Rainfall patterns will change, extreme weather events will become more common and sea levels will rise.

Carbon Free Cornwall - My Suggestions

As Cornwall Council considers what should be in the plan to be Carbon Free by 2030 I thought it would be of interest to set out each week some of the ideas and opportunities that could be grasped to help achieve this worthy ambition.

MP's Column

I’m more likely to nappies discuss at home than during the course of my day job but I was glad to meet Oona Burch on Friday promoting her Cornish Real Nappy Library.

Derek welcomes new measures set out in Environment Bill

I care deeply about environmental enhancement an protection and have and so I was pleased to receive a letter from the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, setting out more details on the Government’s flagship Environment Bill. Amongst the new measures, this letter set out:

Derek asks Minister to help small businesses achieve net zero

In the Commons Chamber today I pressed the Government to consider how we can make interest-free loans available to small businesses to retro-fit their buildings and install renewable energy technologies such as the fund that enables publicly-owned buildings to become more efficient.

The Conservative Environment Network Manifesto

I am a member of the Parliamentary Caucus of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) which consists of Conservative MPs who support conservation and decarbonisation. The CEN has recently launched it's manifesto which I have attached for your information.