Alliance Belfast City Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown has said climate change will be prioritised by the Council, after his motion seeking a reduction in its carbon footprint was passed.
The motion, which will establish what the carbon footprint of Belfast City Council is and identify options to reduce it, was passed at the Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee. A report into the issue will now come back before a full Council meeting in the near future.
"I'm delighted this motion has passed and Belfast City Council will now make tackling climate change a priority," said Councillor McDonough-Brown, the city's Deputy Lord Mayor.
"Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our future. As a large public organisation, Belfast City Council has to show leadership on it - the first step is to identify the Council's overall emissions and then seek ways they can be reduced.