Ask Hampshire for a more ambitious climate target

Hampshire County Council have issued their Climate Strategy 2020-25 and it was approved by Cabinet on July 14th. The next step is now to produce a County action plan by the end of September.You can read the Strategy here  

One of things about the policy that members of Hampshire Climate Action Network are not happy about not happy about is the target of 2050 for Hampshire to achieve Net Zero emissions.

So HCAN has sent a letter to Hampshire CC’s cabinet members, urging them to aim at 2030. You can still forward this letter to your own County Councillors if you wish.

18 August 2020 – by email

Cllr Keith Mans and all Cabinet Members

Cllr Jan Warwick

Cc Chitra Nadarajah

 

Dear Councillor Mans, Cabinet Members, and Cllr Jan Warwick

We welcome the decision of the County Council to declare a climate emergency, and to approve a climate strategy and, shortly, a climate action plan.

We remain seriously concerned that the County Council continues to set a target date of 2050 to reach zero carbon. The science has changed since July 2019 when you made the declaration.

2050 is too late.

Here are ten reasons for you to review the 2050 deadline:

  1. As the County Council declared, we face an emergency. The definition of an emergency is “a dangerous situation requiring immediate action”.
  2. The IPCC warned in 2018 that we have only 12 years to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
  3. The consequences of a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperature are terrifyingly worse than a 1.5 degree rise. Going higher is to be avoided at all costs.
  4. Acting now could mean that we avoid hitting tipping points which accelerate disastrous chain reactions.
  5. Global Heating is already changing our climate, increasing the risks of flooding and droughts, threatening food supplies, eroding our coastline and speeding up the extinction of wildlife.
  6. The effects of climate change are already experienced by millions of people in other parts of the world, mostly the very poor who have done the least to cause the problem.
  7. We are already seeing an increase in migrants trying to reach our shores. At 2 degrees these numbers will increase hugely. Some of your climate emergency budget may need to be spent on housing and feeding people whose livelihoods and safety have been lost to climate-related catastrophes and wars.
  8. Urgent action would mean less suffering in future in Hampshire and across the world from floods, high temperatures and droughts, less economic damage and less spending to deal with the effects.
  9. We have increasing evidence of the effects of air pollution on physical and mental health, another County Council responsibility (and cost).
  10. Talking about 2050 sends the wrong message to people who haven’t yet woken up to the danger, and think we still have plenty of time to act.

We attach references, in appendix 1.

Your strategy includes much to be proud of, but if Hampshire aims to be a leader in the fight against climate change, revising the net zero target to 2030 is essential. Many Conservative-led local authorities, including county councils, have a target of 2030 (see appendix 2 for the 184 councils which have set a target earlier than 2050).

We have a unique opportunity post COVID to build back better – to create jobs, clean up our environment and make Hampshire a leader rather than a follower.

Before the action plan is brought to Cabinet for approval in September, please review your deadline.

Thank you for your attention

Yours sincerely

  • ACAN (Alton Climate Action & Network)
  • ALFI (Alton Local Food Initiative)
  • Alton Society
  • Andover Trees United
  • Basingstoke Transition Network
  • Blackwater Valley Friends of the Earth (Hart & Rushmoor)
  • Build Back Better Havant
  • Cycle Alton
  • EcoChurch, Parish of the Resurrection Alton
  • Energy Alton
  • Friends of Langstone Harbour (Havant)
  • Global Justice South East Hants
  • Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth
  • Greenpeace, Portsmouth
  • Hampshire Climate Action Network
  • Debbie Tann, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Havant Climate Alliance
  • Havant Friends of the Earth
  • Havant U3A Environment & Technology Group
  • Let Pompey Breathe
  • New Forest Friends of the Earth
  • Petersfield Climate Action Network
  • Portsmouth Climate Alliance
  • Portsmouth Friends of the Earth
  • Transition Town Andover
  • Transition Southampton
  • Transition Town Romsey
  • WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change)
  • Winchester Friends of the Earth
  • XR New Forest
  • XR Portsmouth
  • XR Romsey
  • XR Winchester

 

 

Appendix 1

References

IPCC report Global Warming of 1.5 ºC – 2018 https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

Tipping points

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0

https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-nine-tipping-points-that-could-be-triggered-by-climate-change

Effects of climate change https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate-change/effects-of-climate-change

Migration due to climate change

https://www.climateforesight.eu/migrations-inequalities/environmental-migrants-up-to-1-billion-by-2050/

https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-climate-crisis-migration-and-refugees/

Air pollution and health https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-air-pollution/health-matters-air-pollution

 

Appendix 2

Councils with a target closer than 2050, to February 2020

 

Type Control Date passed Target Date Web
Adur District CON July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Amber Valley District LAB July 24, 2019 2030 Link
Aylesbury Vale District CON September 18, 2019 2030 Link
Babergh District NOC July 23, 2019 2030 Link
Barnsley Metro Boro LAB September 18, 2019 2040 Link
Basingstoke & Deane District CON July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Bath & NES Unitary LIB DEM March 14, 2019 2030 Link
Bedford Unitary NOC March 5, 2019 2030 Link
Birmingham Metro Boro LAB June 11, 2019 2030 Link
Blackburn-with-Darwen Unitary LAB July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Blackpool Unitary LAB June 26, 2019 2030 Link
Bolton Metro Boro NOC August 29, 2019 2030 Link
Braintree District CON July 22, 2019 2030 Link
Brent London Boro LAB July 8, 2019 2030 Link
Brighton & Hove Unitary NOC December 13, 2018 2030 Link
Bristol Unitary LAB November 13, 2018 2030 Link
Broxtowe District NOC July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Burnley District LAB July 10, 2019 2030 Link
Bury Metro Boro LAB July 10, 2019 2030 Link
Caerphilly Unitary LAB June 4, 2019 2030 Link
Cannock Chase District NOC July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Canterbury District CON July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Cardiff Unitary LAB March 28, 2019 2030 Link
Carlisle District NOC March 5, 2019 2030 Link
Carmarthenshire Unitary NOC February 20, 2019 2030 Link
Chelmsford District Lib Dem July 16, 2019 2030 Link
Cheltenham District LD February 18, 2019 2030 Link
Cherwell District CON July 22, 2019 2030 Link
Cheshire East Unitary NOC May 22, 2019 2025
Chiltern District CON July 24, 2019 2030
Chorley District LAB November 19, 2019 2030 Link
City of York Unitary NOC March 21, 2019 2030
Colchester District NOC July 17, 2019 2030
Cornwall Unitary NOC January 22, 2019 2030
Craven District NOC August 6, 2019 2030 Link
Crawley District LAB July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Croydon London Boro LAB July 15, 2019 2030 Link
Dacorum District CON July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Darlington District NOC July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Dartford District CON October 7, 2019 2030 Link
Derbyshire Dales District CON May 30, 2019 2030 Link
Dumfries & Galloway Unitary NOC June 27, 2019 2030 Link
Ealing London Boro LAB April 2, 2019 2030 Link
East Devon District IND July 24, 2019 2040 Link
East Suffolk District CON July 24, 2019 2030 Link
Eastbourne District LIB DEM July 10, 2019 2030 Link
Eastleigh District LIB DEM July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Eden District NOC July 11, 2019 2030 Link
Edinburgh Unitary NOC February 7, 2019 2030 Link
Elmbridge District NOC July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Epping Forest District CON September 19, 2019 2030 Link
Exeter District LAB July 23, 2019 2030 Link
Falkirk Unitary NOC August 26, 2019 2030 Link
Fareham District CON October 24, 2019 2030
Fife Unitary NOC September 26, 2019 2030 Link
Folkestone & Hythe District NOC July 24, 2019 2030 Link
Forest of Dean District NOC December 6, 2018 2030 Link
Gateshead Metro Boro LAB May 23, 2019 2030 Link
Glasgow Unitary NOC May 16, 2019 2040 Link
Gloucester District CON July 11, 2019 2030 Link
Gloucestershire County CON May 15, 2019 2030 Link
Gravesham District LAB June 26, 2019 2030 Link
Greenwich London Boro LAB June 26, 2019 2030 Link
Guildford District NOC July 23, 2019 2030 Link
Hammersmith & Fulham London Boro LAB July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Harborough District CON June 24, 2019 2030 Link
Haringey London Boro LAB March 18, 2019 2030 Link
Harrow London Boro LAB July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Herefordshire Unitary NOC March 8, 2019 2030 Link
High Peak District LAB October 15, 2019 2030 Link
Highland Unitary NOC May 9, 2019 2025 Link
Hull Unitary LAB March 21, 2019 2030 Link
Hyndburn District LAB September 19, 2019 2030 Link
Ipswich District LAB July 9, 2019 2030 Link
Isle of Wight Unitary CON July 24, 2019 2030 Link
Islington London Boro LAB June 27, 2019 2030 Link
Kettering District CON July 24, 2019 2030 Link
Kingston-upon-Thames London Boro LIB DEM June 25, 2019 2040 Link
Knowsley Metro Boro LAB January 29, 2020 2040 Link
Lambeth London Boro LAB January 23, 2019 2030 Link
Lancaster District NOC January 30, 2019 2030 Link
Leeds Metro Boro LAB March 27, 2019 2030 Link
Leicester Unitary LAB February 1, 2019 2030 Link
Leicestershire County CON May 15, 2019 2030 Link
Lewes District NOC July 15, 2019 2030 Link
Lewisham London Boro LAB February 27, 2019 2030 Link
Lincoln District LAB July 23, 2019 2030 Link
Liverpool City Region NOC May 24, 2019 2040 Link
Liverpool City Metro Borough LAB July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Luton Unitary LAB January 14, 2020 2040 Link
Maidstone District NOC April 10, 2019 2030 Link
Manchester Metro Boro LAB July 10, 2019 2040 Link
Melton District CON July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Mendip District NOC February 25, 2019 2030 Link
Merton London Boro LAB July 10, 2019 2030 Link
Mid Devon District NOC June 26, 2019 2030 Link
Mid Suffolk District NOC July 25, 2019 2030 Link
Milton Keynes Unitary NOC January 23, 2019 2030 Link”>Link
Mole Valley District LIB DEM June 18, 2019 2030 Link
Monmouthshire Unitary CON May 16, 2019 2030 Link
Moray Unitary NOC June 27, 2019 2030 Link
Newcastle upon Tyne Metro Boro LAB April 3, 2019 2030 Link
Newcastle-under-Lyme District NOC April 3, 2019 2030 Link
Newham London Boro LAB April 15, 2019 2030 Link
North East Derbyshire District CON July 8, 2019 2030 Link
North Hertfordshire District NOC May 21, 2019 2030 Link
North Kesteven District IND July 11, 2019 2030 Link
North of Tyne Combined Authority LAB May 7, 2019 2030
North Somerset Unitary CON February 19, 2019 2030 Link
Northampton District CON June 3, 2019 2030 Link
Northumberland Unitary NOC June 11, 2019 2030 Link
Nottingham Unitary LAB January 21, 2019 2028 Link
Nuneaton & Bedworth District NOC December 6, 2019 2030
Oldham Metro Boro LAB September 11, 2019 2025 Link
Oxfordshire County NOC April 2, 2019 2030 Link
Pendle District NOC July 11, 2019 2030 Link
Peterborough Unitary NOC July 24, 2019 2030 Link
Plymouth Unitary LAB March 18, 2019 2030 Link
Portsmouth Unitary NOC March 19, 2019 2030 Link
Preston District LAB April 18, 2019 2030 Link
Reading Unitary LAB February 26, 2019 2030 Link
Redbridge London Boro LAB June 20, 2019 2030 Link
Redcar & Cleveland Unitary NOC March 28, 2019 2030 Link
Renfrewshire Unitary NOC June 27, 2019 2030 Link
Richmond-upon-Thames London Boro LIB DEM July 9, 2019 2030 Link
Rochdale Metro Boro LAB July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Rossendale District Labour September 25, 2019 2030 Link
Rother District NOC September 16, 2019 2030 Link
Rushcliffe District CON March 7, 2019 2030 Link
Rushmoor District CON June 20, 2019 2030 Link
Salford Metro Boro LAB July 17, 2019 2040 Link
Scarborough District NOC January 7, 2019 2030 Link
Scilly Isles Unitary LAB April 11, 2019 2030 Link
Sefton Metro Boro LAB July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Somerset County LD February 20, 2019 2030 Link
Somerset West & Taunton District LD February 21, 2019 2030 Link
South Gloucestershire Unitary CON July 17, 2019 2030 Link
South Ribble District NOC July 24, 2019 2030 Link
South Tyneside Metro Boro LAB July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Southampton Unitary LAB September 18, 2019 2040
Southend-on-Sea District July 18, 2019 2030 Link
Southwark London Boro LAB March 27, 2019 2030 Link
St Alban’s District LIB DEM July 9, 2019 2030 Link
St. Helen’s Metro Boro LAB July 10, 2019 2040 Link
Stafford District CON July 23, 2019 2040 Link
Staffordshire Moorlands District NOC July 10, 2019 2030 Link
Stockport Metro Boro NOC March 28, 2019 2040 Link
Stratford-on-Avon District CON July 15, 2019 2030 Link
Stroud District NOC December 13, 2018 2030 Link
Suffolk County CON March 21, 2019 2030 Link
Surrey Heath District October 9, 2019 2030 Link
Sutton London Boro LIB DEM July 22, 2019 2030 Link
Swale District NOC June 26, 2019 2030 Link
Swansea Unitary LAB June 27, 2019 2030 Link
Tameside Metro Borough LAB February 24, 2020 2038 Link
Tandridge District NOC February 13, 2020 2030 Link
Teignbridge District LIB DEM April 18, 2019 2025 Link
Telford & Wrekin Unitary LAB July 25, 2019 2030 Link
Tendring District NOC August 6, 2019 2030 Link
Tewkesbury District CON October 1, 2019 2030 Link
Thanet District NOC July 11, 2019 2030 Link
Three Rivers District LD May 21, 2019 2030 Link
Tonbridge & Malling District CON July 9, 2019 2030 Link
Torbay Unitary NOC June 19, 2019 2030 Link
Tower Hamlets London Boro LAB March 20, 2019 2025 Link
Tunbridge Wells District CON July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Uttesford District IND July 30, 2019 2030 Link
Vale of Glamorgan Unitary NOC July 29, 2019 2030 Link
Wakefield Metro Boro LAB May 23, 2019 2030 Link
Wandsworth London Boro CON July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Warrington Unitary LAB June 17, 2019 2030 Link
Warwick District NOC June 26, 2019 2025 Link/
Watford District LD July 9, 2019 2030 Link/
Welwyn Hatfield District NOC June 19, 2019 2030 Link/
West Berkshire Unitary CON July 2, 2019 2030 Link/
West Lancashire District LAB July 17, 2019 2030 Link
West Sussex County CON April 5, 2019 2030 Link
Wigan Metro Boro LAB July 17, 2019 2040 Link
Wiltshire County LD February 26, 2019 2030 Link
Winchester District LD June 5, 2019 2025 Link
Woking District NOC July 25, 2019 2030 Link
Wolverhampton Metro Boro LAB July 17, 2019 2030 Link
Worcester District NOC July 16, 2019 2030 Link
Wrexham Unitary NOC September 25, 2019 2030 Link