Council to spend £600,000 on climate change response team

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Hampshire County Council
Six people will work with stakeholders across Hampshire to react to the impact of climate change (Photo: stock image)

COUNTY council bosses are to invest £600,000 in a team which will be asked to come up with new ways to tackle climate change.

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Six people will work with stakeholders across Hampshire to develop, monitor, implement and review strategies aimed at ensuring the county is ready to face economic, climate, technological and transport changes over the next 30 years, writes Maria Zaccaro of the Local Democracy Reporting Service. 

It comes after a cross-party commission, which looked into creating a vision for Hampshire to 2050 earlier this year, published a list of actions that Hampshire County Council and its partners should take to be ready for future challenges and changes.

As previously reported, county bosses pledged to support renewable energy, work with the community to reduce waste, and ensure climate mitigations such as energy and water efficiencies are in place across a number of sectors.

Now they will invest £600,000 in resources and a team of six experts who will work together until April 2022.

The team will also develop and maintain a network of stakeholders who will help deliver the new action plan.

HCC said in a statement: “Earlier this year, the county council declared a climate emergency, and has recently endorsed the findings of the Hampshire 2050 Commission – that the biggest threat to Hampshire’s quality of life for future generations is the impact of climate change.

“Funding has been committed for the next two years to develop and begin to implement action plans which take into account the impacts of climate change and actively contributes to climate change mitigation and resilience.”

While climate change will be the initial focus of the work, other aspects of the Hampshire 2050 report will also be further developed over the next two years.

HCC added: “The work involves engaging closely with a number of stakeholder groups, which will include running events and workshops with key partners, communities, specialist groups and experts; monitoring and measurement of carbon reduction targets; and maximising funding opportunities aligned to national policies and new initiatives.”

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