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.

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.