Briefly explain the following drivers Reviewing the vision and priorities after the end of Local Area Agreements ECC Environmental statement : Manage the impacts of extreme weather events and reduce our contribution to the causes Procurement – Goods & Services Estate Operational & Schools Pratice and imbedding sustainability A number of Districts have produced a climate change strategy. (likes of Suffolk has made a pledge in their corporate commitment to be he greenest county) Nottingham agreement
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Climate Local Information Workshop SmartLife Low Carbon Centre, Cambridge Tuesday 16th October 2012
John RussonEnvironment & Performance Manager Environment Agency
10.00 Chair’s welcome - John Russon, Environment & Performance Manager, Environment Agency 10.05 Introduction to Climate Local - Jess David and Kamal Panchal, Local Government Association Questions / views from the floor 11.00 Views from Councils Matt Hullis, Suffolk County Council Paul Hinsley, Essex County Council Tim Napper, Hertfordshire County Council 11.30 Tea break 11.40 Views from Partners Environment Agency – Tom Ellis Sustainability East - David Webb 12.00 Facilitated group discussions & feedback 13.00 Chair’s closing remarks and next steps 13.15 Lunch and networking
a better understanding of Climate Local a better ability to communicate Climate Local to Members a clearer understanding of whether signing will benefit your authority an appreciation of whether a collective commitment would be worthwhile.
Climate LocalAn initiative to drive and support council-led action on climate change Kamal Panchal Senior Advisor, LGA Phone: 020 7664 3174 email@example.com Jess David, Advisor, LGA Phone: 020 7664 3175 firstname.lastname@example.org
Journey so far • Consultation with councils on the development of the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change • Development work for ‘Climate Local’ with partnership support from the EA – Jan-June 2012 - new web pages - an information pack for councils - research on indicators and resources • Launch of Climate Local 28th June 2012, mentioned in Ed Davey’s speech at the LGA Conference • Establish Climate Local Steering Group - composed of council representatives and partners
Climate Local – wider context NPPF LGA Spending restructure Cuts Localism MEDIA No new statutory “one in duties one out”GROWTH
LGA - funding outlook for councils LGA exists to support, promote and improve local government. Localgovernment is facing the most radical changes, as well as the most significantopportunities, in a decade. We will fight local government’s corner and supportcouncils through challenging times, focusing our efforts where we can have realimpact.
LGA PrioritiesPriorities agreed in September 2012:• Growth - with campaigns to assert the council role in driving growth through housing supply, including affordable housing Climate Local – ‘a platform for local government to champion its leadership in helping communities to live within their environmental means’ • Waste – championing local innovation• Sustainability and Climate Change – ensuring councils have resources to invest in energy efficiency, fuel poverty and resilience• Flooding - ensuring flood defences are properly planned and funded, and that flood damage is funded and insured against.
Climate Local is … Climate Local isnt ...• Locally led - an umbrella initiative to bring together and share local action • Prescriptive – it allows for locally determined priorities • Sector led – with a steering group of council reps • A bureaucratic process – it’s • Flexible – for councils to set designed to be light touch their own actions and priorities • A central audit tool – the within a broad framework emphasis is on local accountability • Voluntary – no requirement for • Exclusive – all councils will be councils to sign able to access tools and resources • A Platform - for councils to use, • A Spreadsheet you have to fill in shape, drive and make useful • All about signing a piece of paper • A way for councils to help – it’s the commitments that are each other be ambitious on important and sharing of climate change – rather than information being told by Government
How will it help Councils?Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the LGA: “The aim of Climate Local will be to drive and champion council-led action on climate change in a way which will ensure local authorities can get the best results and value for money with the resources they have available.”Cllr Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council: “Climate Local is great opportunity for us to show leadership and practical action to cut energy bills for hard-pressed local families and businesses. Well set local targets to address real priorities."Cllr Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council: “We are really proud to be signing this agreement and to build on Nottingham’s heritage and achievements in tackling climate change. We will continue to improve our own energy use, create affordable energy for the city and encourage the growth of ‘green’ jobs. Climate Local will work with local people to set local action plans to tackle climate change.”
Steps for signing up LGA has provided a Sign up to the template for annual commitment individually progress and will look to or as a partnershipdevelop LGA Inform tool (refresh and review in Y2) Councils encouraged to LGA will provide a menu engage and share via of actions and Knowledge Hub and their commitments, but LAs own websites can also set their own
Headline Commitment• A headline commitment to address the risks and opportunities presented by a changing climate, in line with local priorities• 4 key elements: 1) Setting locally-owned and determined commitments and actions; 2) Publishing commitments, actions and progress; 3) Sharing learning from experiences and achievements with other councils; 4) Regularly refreshing commitments and actions to ensure they are current and continue to reflect local priorities.• Underpinned by locally agreed commitments and actions
Commitment: We will implement the adaptation actions contained in our revised Climate Change Strategy Justification: The Council is committed to: managing the risks to its staff, property and functions from climate change;supporting businesses and residents to manage climate change risks; and working in partnership to address the effectsof climate changeSpecific action(s) Measure TimescaleWe will consult on the inclusion of a specific policy Consultation on a climate change April 2013on climate change adaptation measures in the adaptation policy completeddeveloping Local PlanWe will contribute to the county-wide planning County-wide planning advice Spring 2014advice on minimising flood risk and incorporate produced and incorporated into local this planning policyinto planning policy for the councilWe will explore opportunities to install sustainable Opportunities explored for the 2016drainage measures in council-owned properties installation of sustainable drainage and open spaces and private developments MeasuresWe will explore how to protect the existing level of Opportunities explored for direct 2016tree cover in the councils area and ways to actions (e.g. planting programmes) increase stock in areas and land uses where and indirect actions (e.g. guidance, canopy levels are low use of planning obligations and support for the voluntary sector)We will consider the impact of climate change on Existing Nature Conservation 2016native wildlife and develop plans to manage this Strategy reviewed and management plans for Local Nature Reserves and other green spaces adjusted
The LGA’s offer• Provide support, resources and signposting service for councils – Over 2012-13 LGA will produce some dedicated materials for Cllr portfolio holders and ward councillors • Champion good practice through a range of different media, such as events, showcase reports, website features, and e-bulletins etc. – Spring 2013 LGA will launch a report to highlight council work under Climate Local including measures to save money, promote growth etc • Developing the Climate Local network as a forum to share learning amongst councils – open to all councils – Conference event in Spring 2013
The LGA’s Success Factors• LGA continue to resource and promote CL• Government recognises local authority action• Government supports local authority action; does not impose it• Councils feel CL is their resource and helps them improve and develop their local actions
Climate Local Information WorkshopSmartLife Low Carbon Centre, Cambridge Tuesday 16th October 2012
The underlying cause and our treatment strategyClimate mitigation: reducing the impact Climate adaptation: managing the change Protecting and enhancing our environment
From ambition to delivery creating the goldenthread and unlocking partners’ enthusiasm “ To be exemplar in tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing the local ” environment.
Partnership with Climate Local? Why we didn’t sign up straight away.What’s in it for all the partners working in Suffolk and the East of England?Apart from enabling the network what will LGA do with all the information it collates? As a partnership of local authorities we are happy to offer our councillors the opportunity to sign up to Climate Local, using our Climate Action Plan priorities, but would like to understand how it would benefit our work.
Essex County Council’s current stance on Climate Local*• In the words of Paul Hinsley: Environment Project Officer. Not necessarily a Corporate view
Current Position • Deal for Growth • Economic Growth Strategy • Integrated County Strategy • Low Carbon Economy • Corporate Plan 2012 - 2017
The situation now•Operational issue•Corporate Plan commitment•Review of approach post-NI 188www.hertsdirect.org
Concerns / Issues When does an extreme event become a regular operational issue?• Timing• Central government steer• Maintaining high level commitment• Keeping focus on risk management/operational issueswww.hertsdirect.org
Climate Local Information WorkshopSmartLife Low Carbon Centre, Cambridge Tuesday 16th October 2012