SHROPSHIRE Council has established a climate change ‘task force’ of officers from across the council to establish a coherent, coordinated approach to addressing the climate change challenge.

Earlier this year the council declared a climate change emergency but did not set a date for achieving zero carbon emissions.

This follows the example set by a number of other councils in the county.

Adrian Cooper has been appointed as the council’s climate change task force leader. Mr Cooper has worked for Shropshire Council and its predecessor Shropshire County Council for over 25 years and has degrees in geography, environmental management and environmental planning.

He has an interest in sustainable resource management and and has appeared as a speaker at national and international conferences.

Before taking up his new role, Mr Cooper had been leading and managing work on the review of the Shropshire Local Plan

“I know from previous conversations with Adrian how knowledgeable and passionate he is about sustainability and the environment,” said Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for climate change.

“The new task force will be responsible for developing a climate action plan and Adrian’s leadership will ensure it has real drive and the ability to deliver.”