Survey on setting up city Climate Commission

climate rally 2014Southampton 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.

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