In a session chaired by the Minister for Environment, the Hon John Cortes, the Net Zero Delivery Body convened at No 6 Convent Place last week. The board, consisting of representatives from various government departments, agencies, and authorities, reiterated Gibraltar’s commitment to leading in emissions reduction and green initiatives.
During the meeting, the board underscored the paramount importance of aligning all government programs and policies with climate concerns and commitments. Minister Cortes emphasized that Gibraltar bears a responsibility to champion a cultural shift towards sustainability across public services, the private sector, and individual citizens. Significant progress in implementing the Active Transport Strategy was acknowledged, with a focus on advancing cycling infrastructure. The board recognized the need for continued efforts, particularly in promoting public transport as a viable alternative to private vehicles.
Minister for Environment, the Hon John Cortes, stated:
“Whilst Gibraltar’s contributions may be small on a global scale, it is vitally important that we redouble our efforts to reduce emissions and meet our Net Zero targets for our own health, wellbeing and quality of life, as well as keeping up with regional and global norms and infrastructure. Action on climate has always been a priority for this Government, and our commitmentto Net Zero remains unwavering. It is crucial, therefore, that the Net Zero Delivery Body meets frequently and in-depth in order to maintain a strategic overview of the work of its subgroups and is able to review and reconsider individual projects or targets within the context of Gibraltar’s wider commitments.’
The meeting concluded with a firm commitment to ongoing collaboration and regular review of individual projects and targets, reaffirming Gibraltar’s dedication to a sustainable and environmentally conscious future.