Environment

The Mayor and Combined Authority activities and policies are already informed by an ambition to tackle climate change; the Independent Commission on Climate will report its findings and recommendations to the Combined Authority in 2021.

There is a widespread and growing acceptance that businesses, public sector bodies and households should take account of the scientific consensus on the risks of climate change by changing what they do. In particular, the science suggests that drastic reductions in the net production of the gases – especially carbon dioxide – that contribute to global warming are needed. Credible forecasts of future warming also indicate that adaptation will be needed, as seasonal temperatures and rainfall change.

The Mayor and Combined Authority have a potentially very significant role to play in enabling carbon reduction and adaptation to climate change through, for example:

  • The implementation of the Local Transport Plan (transport, from all modes, accounts for two-fifths of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s carbon emissions)
  • The development of a spatial strategy and work to increase the supply of affordable homes (domestic buildings account for another fifth of emissions)
  • Encouraging business development and productivity improvement (business, including agriculture, accounts for just over a third of local emissions).

The Combined Authority Board agreed in late 2019 to established an Independent Commission on Climate to provide a commanding climate change evidence base that would help the region to direct its focus in terms of climate change strategies and objectives.

Our Environment Projects

Independent Commission On Climate

he task of the Commission is to provide authoritative recommendations to help the region mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, enabling us to meet the commitment to eradicating net carbon emissions across the area by 2050.

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