Dorset Council should pioneer a new local climate emergency model according to independent movement All for Dorset.

The group wants a ‘step change in the council’s procurement policy to enhance the local economy’.

“The principle’ missing is the ‘How’ we do things and not the ‘what’. Council procurement of £108 million could make a big difference to the local economy.

Innovation partnerships are a procurement process that can be more collaborative than competitive. Establishing a Climate Emergency Innovation Partnership would enable local businesses and social enterprises to work together to create local closed loop systems throughout the supply chain. It could produce a wave of new local enterprises and employment,” the group claims.

Outside Europe, new procurement rules could be established. Innovation Partnerships were the nearest in current procurement law without having to develop a new process. But a new process would lead to quicker and better solutions. Dorset could pioneer a new local climate emergency procurement model, according to the group.

All for Dorset has four independent councillors on the local authority and would also like Dorset Council’s commitments brought forward from 2040 to 2030, highlighting the need for urgent action.

Key issues the group would like to see addressed:

• All new developments should be zero carbon. It should be mandatory to fit solar panels and have water harvesting with air or ground source heating systems installed.

• Householders should be encouraged to retro fit solar panels but a financial incentive needs to be created.

• More needs to be done on Dorset’s tenant farms estate including solar installations, tree planting and opportunities for ground source heating

• Make more use of free power from tidal and wind energy for power generation.

• Encourage farmers to use fewer pesticides to ensure there is less nitrate run-off which is affecting our natural environment

• Look at all options for renewable transport, including electric and hydrogen

• It should be mandatory for council transport to switch off their engines when stationary to help cut down on particulates and greenhouse gases