14 April 2015

Sheffield’s Green Commission will be holding its third hearing in public next week and limited places are now on offer to members of the public wishing to attend.

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.

It will have its third public hearing on Tuesday (21 April) at 6pm in the Stoddart Building, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus.

Professor Lynn Crowe, Professor of Environmental Management at Sheffield Hallam University said: “As a leading environmentally responsible university, Sheffield Hallam is delighted to be hosting the Sheffield Green Commission. The collaboration between all the partners involved in the Commission has enormous potential to help make our region greener and more sustainable.”

Evidence will be presented by Andy Gouldson, author of the min Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region, who in Review was able to demonstrate that investment in cost effective measures to reduce energy bills and carbon could, over 10 years, create over 3,000 jobs and grow the GVA of the Sheffield City Region by £147 million per year.

Two further expert witnesses will present evidence on using water for fuel, energy storage and city cooling systems.  This hearing of the Sheffield Green Commission is co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University.

The three expert witnesses at this hearing will be Professor Andy Gouldson, author of the mini Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region; Professor Cedo Maksimovic of Imperial College London and head of the Urban Water Research Group; and Charles Purkess, Marketing & PR Manager, of ITM Power, based in Sheffield

The Commission will sit over several months and collect evidence, both oral and written, as well as holding debates and hearing from expert witnesses.  Each session will create a number of recommendations and at each intermediate stage written documents will be published on the Council website at www.sheffield.gov.uk/greencommission.

Fifteen Green Commissioners have been nominated to represent Sheffield’s business, economic, environmental, academic and health interests.

Tuesday’s meeting is the third of six hearings to be held in public, after which a report will be produced with short, medium and long term (20 year) recommendations for Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet to consider.

Up to 70 places are available for the meeting on 21 April on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and anyone wishing to attend or join the Green Commission mailing list can register by e-mailing: greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk”.

Vice Chair of the Green Commission, Liz Ballard, CEO of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust added: “We are delighted to welcome to Sheffield Professor Andy Gouldson, author of the mini Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region to speak to his report about the potential reduction of energy bills and carbon and the creation of over 3,000 “green collar” jobs.

“We are also really interested to hear from experts about their work in water technology and engineering.  The Commission is keen to consider how Sheffield may be able to better develop the potential of our rivers in the future, for social, economic and environmental benefits across the city, as well as prepare and reduce the impact of any future significant flooding events.”

There are a number of key themes being 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.


Notes for editors:

Expert Witness Biographies:
Professor Andy Gouldson:
Deputy-Director, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Andy is author of ‘The Economics of Low Carbon CitiesA Mini-Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region’: http://www.lowcarbonfutures.org/reports/economics-low-carbon-cities-mini-stern-review-sheffield-city-region
Andy is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist whose work combines aspects of geography and environment, politics and policy, economics and management and science and technology studies. He has nearly 20 years of experience working on a wide range of issues relating to environmental policy and management.
Andy is also:
Professor of Sustainability at the University of Leeds;
Leading project on the prospects for a low-carbon, climate-resilient regional economy for the Centre for Low Carbon Futures;
Visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong;
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society;
Editor of the journal Environmental Policy and Governance (formerly European Environment) since 1991.

Professor Cedo Maksimovic:
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professorial Research Fellow
After having worked for 24 years at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade and joining the EWRE Section in 1996 Professor Cedo Maksimovic created and heads the UWRG (Urban Water Research Group).
His research fields include applied fluid mechanics in urban water systems: storm drainage, urban flooding water supply and interactions of urban water systems and infrastructure with the environment. In addition to lecturing on the MSc and UG courses, Prof. Maksimovic serves as a project co-ordinator of EPSRC, EU and UNESCO projects in UK, and other projects in Europe and in other continents dealing with the above topics.
His current projects are:
■Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovations and Technology (EIT)’s project Blue Green Dream, (http://bgd.org.uk/invitation/ ) dealing with interactions of urban water systems and urban vegetated areas
■EU Interreg programe’s project RainGain, (http://www.raingain.eu/en/node/4619) dealing with short term urban rainfall and flood prediction.

Charles Purkess:
Marketing and PR Manager, ITM Power
Charles joined ITM in November 2008, as Marketing and PR officer to raise the profile of ITM Power and its technology, highlighting its application for decarbonising transport and the built environment, to policy makers, industry and the media.
Prior to joining Charles spent 12 years in environmental consultancy specialising in environmental liability associated with hydrocarbons for the insurance, transport and fuel sectors.