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New Forest District Council set to appoint dedicate officer climate change role to oversee its efforts

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A NEW dedicated job will be created by New Forest District Council to oversee its efforts tackling climate change.

The post is part of an action plan the council has put together outlining how it will help to monitor and reduce emissions until 2028.

That includes setting aside £500,000 to boost the sustainability of its capital projects, such as enhancing its vehicle fleet, in 2022/23.

New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst. (50984152)
New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst. (50984152)

The developments follow the authority finally declaring a climate change emergency in October last year.

An NFDC spokesperson told the A&T the new position would be advertised in the spring but could not yet state the salary attached.

She said: "The resource will be responsible for the development, monitoring, implementation and review of the climate change and nature emergency strategy and action plan to ensure delivery against targets."

Whoever takes the job will also oversee the establishment of baseline data to enable measurement against targets, such as carbon budgets, nature recovery and measures of climate resilience.

They will also develop and co-ordinate bids for external funding and a network of stakeholders.

The move has been backed by the ruling cabinet and full council. A report set out that NFDC "needs to demonstrate leadership which inspires and enables partners and communities and business to act".

To do that, it went on, the council will "need to provide tools, resources and information to support them in doing so".

It noted many actions that can have an impact will also have health and wellbeing benefits, enhance the economy and upskill its workforce.

The report set out that NFDC needs to define evidence-based targets to hit, collate existing data and measure the level of existing emissions.

It must also develop a new engagement and communications strategy, working closely with the national park authority and Forestry England.

Initiatives will address themes such as nature, travel and transport, housing, waste and sustainable resources, energy and health.

NFDC services will each have to consider how they can contribute to reducing emissions and building resilience.

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