22 June 2015

Sheffield’s Green Commission will be holding its sixth and final hearing in public next week.
The focus of this hearing will be on the Low Carbon Economy.

The Commission was set up to allow leaders from across the public and private sector to make sure environmental issues are given a high priority over the next 15-20 years.

The focus of this hearing will be on the Low Carbon Economy. The expert witnesses at the hearing will include Dr Tim Jenkins of the New Economics Foundation and Professor Philip Warren from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing and Chair of the Sheffield Green Commission said: “The Green Commission has spent six months listening to evidence from experts on how to make Sheffield a smart, sustainable future city.

“Over those six months we have held hearings in both universities and have facilitated conversations about what our sustainable future will look like and how it will be achieved.

“It feels very appropriate to return to Sheffield Town Hall for this final hearing and focus on green collar jobs and the Low Carbon Economy. I have always said that this is not a Sheffield City Council led initiative, but a whole city initiative backed by Green Commissioners from both universities, industry, business, the independent/third sector and the public sector.

“I’m looking forward to having further discussion and debate with the Green Commissioners over the Summer months as we draw up our recommendations from the evidence we have heard.”

The final public hearing on Tuesday (30 June) at 6pm at Sheffield Town Hall and places are now on offer to members of the public wishing to attend.

Up to 50 places are available for this meeting on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and anyone wishing to attend can book tickets direct via Eventbrite or by e-mailing greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk

The Commission has sat over several months, collecting evidence, both oral and written, as well as holding debates and hearing from expert witnesses. Each session has created a number of recommendations and at each stage written documents have been published on the Council website at Green Commission.

Fourteen Green Commissioners were nominated to represent Sheffield’s business, economic, environmental, academic and health interests.

After Tuesday’s meeting a report will be produced with short, medium and long term (20 year) recommendations for Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet to consider.

A number of key themes have been considered by the Commission: sustainable transport; low carbon energy and resource efficiency; sustainable growth and a low carbon economy; climate change; the blue and green infrastructure that contributes towards the quality of life; communication, engagement, education and behavioural change; and health and well-being. Improving health and well-being underpins the other six topics.


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Expert Witness Biographies
Dr Tim Jenkins, New Economics Foundation, Director, External Affairs and the Great Transition
Dr. Tim Jenkins manages the Great Transition Initiatives programme at NEF which includes establishing a civil society network of economic organisers (NEON), NEF’s public campaigning work, and establishing international partnerships with academic institutions and organisations. He also has responsibility for NEF’s external affairs including its communications, public affairs, events and supporters.
Tim has extensive knowledge and practical experience of developing collaborative networks working across diverse disciplines. He has researched and published work on the employment impacts of environmental policies, environmental taxation and innovation. His PhD examined the relationship between environmental regulations and innovation.
Prior to joining NEF Tim was Policy Director at Friends of the Earth and Head of Sustainable Economies at the Sustainable Development Commission in the UK. He was also a founder Director of the Aldersgate Group, a UK alliance of leaders from business, politics and society which aims to drive action for a sustainable economy

Professor Philip Warren, University of Sheffield Department of Animal and Plant Sciences,
Philip Warren’s research is concerned with understanding the structure and function of ecological communities, and the threats to their integrity.
Applied aspects of these interests include work on the ecology of urban ecosystems, and the application of community ecology to managing environmental impacts in freshwater habitats.