Southampton City Council is currently consulting on the idea of creating what it describes as “an independent forum”, in the form of a Climate Commission, to help it achieve its legally binding target to become net zero carbon by 2050.
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It says on its survey page:
“There are challenges ahead to meet climate change targets and although action at a national level is vital we also need to take action at the local level. There is a lot more work needed to effectively reduce emissions which needs to be done collectively and impartially.
“The UK Government has set a legally binding target to be net zero carbon (at least 100% reduction) by 2050 and an interim target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035. As a city Southampton must reduce its carbon emissions by 62% by 2025 to keep on track with national targets.
“We are proposing that an independent forum, or Climate Commission, could help achieve these goals. It is a model other UK cities have introduced, bringing together representation from a range of stakeholders to develop ownership and oversight and establish agreed targets and positive action. A Commission would help build capacity in the city to address the challenges of climate change and provide a platform for deliberation and democracy.”
There’s more information on the city council’s site, and its Climate Commission Survey is here.