The Partners and Commissioners of the Hampshire 2050 Commission of Inquiry attended a virtual Hampshire 2050 Partnership event on the 2 February 2022.
The event focused on the Environment Act 2021 and the energy landscape in Hampshire. Both these issues have significant implications for Hampshire, in how we navigate through the next 30 years to reach our carbon neutral and resilience targets whilst enhancing and strengthening our environment, economy and society. These two areas not only present challenges in terms of changing the way we live, our choices and behaviours but also provide opportunities to develop skills and create new jobs for a greener, stronger Hampshire.
The first presentation was from Ruth Chambers from the Green Alliance’s Greener UK unit. Ruth spoke about the opportunities and challenges that the Environment Act presents across a wide spectrum of priorities. The presentation explored different sections of the Environment Act and outlined the new independent office that will hold the government accountable for development and implementation of current and future environmental policy.
The second presentation was a joint presentation focusing on energy in Hampshire. Dr Ben Anderson, a Principal Research Fellow on Energy and Climate Change at the University of Southampton, spoke about the current energy landscape in Hampshire and the main challenges the county faces in becoming carbon neutral.
Christian Jaccarini, a Senior Consultant with the New Economics Foundation, provided a summary of the report “A Green Economic Recovery for Hampshire”, which focuses on the challenge of taking Hampshire’s private housing stock to carbon neutrality.
Ollie Pendered - Chief Executive of Community Energy South - spoke about the journey being taken by communities in Hampshire to create their own energy projects.
The Hampshire 2050 Partnership event provided a timely update on progress that is being made on complex issues, such as energy, despite the challenges faced over the last two years.
All four presentations can be found below. The briefing papers and full report from the New Economics Foundation can also be viewed below.