Documents to Consider
Documents to Consider
EEAN CIC & Transport Group Submission to Public Consultation
Eastbourne ECO Action Network (EEAN) welcomes the opportunity, to be consulted, on the long-awaited East Sussex Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). As you will be aware, EEAN and Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) are committed to a zero-carbon town by 2030. So EEAN’s approach has been to compare the LCWIP to the equivalent document, Eastbourne’s Direction Of Travel: Issues And Options For The Eastbourne Local Plan November 2019. Naturally, EEAN wishes both these plans to be aligned.
Although there is much to recommend within LCWIP, there is no evidence that the current LCWIP and East Sussex Local Transport Plan, considered together, will increase walking and cycling numbers.
Department of Transport, March 2020
Executive Summary by Paul Humphreys, Transport Group
The scope is to create a credible implementation plan that puts the UK’s entire transport system on a pathway to deliver the necessary reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The general approach seems to be in line with the notion of Avoid/Shift/Improve that is used in other similar research.
So in aiming to achieve carbon budgets and net zero emissions, across every single mode of transport by 2050, there are six strategic priorities:
A new YouGov survey commissioned by the Alliance shows high levels of concern amongst UK health professionals about the impact of food on the climate, and support for the health benefits of more environmentally friendly diets. Of those surveyed:
It will be necessary for individuals and organisations to change their behaviour to reduce food’s contribution to the climate emergency, and the NHS in England has recently set a target to become carbon neutral by 2040.However, UKHACC believes that the Government must do more to encourage, enable and support these changes.
The Alliance’s recommendations include:
Replacing EU subsidies with this scheme, using Public Money for Public Goods. Also Phasing out the Countryside Steward ship scheme. Doing the same thing, just different priorities. Subsidising environmental activities and benefits created by landowners, tenants and farmers.
Clean air, water, mitigating environmental hazards, mitigating climate change, thriving plants, wildlife and heritage. Support good practise, retrain bad practise, using the governments white paper Farming For the Future.
Test schemes are running now, pilots are due to start in 2021, full roll out in 2024. Progress on tests now 300 applications, 46 are active, 23 more due to start soon. Six-year transition period to allow for the changeover.
Tier 1. Embedding good practise and environmental issues in most farms. Once adopted as the norm, bring in legislation to support the changes.
Tier 2. Payment by results, creating a nature recovery network, creating support networks, local support and guidance for local planners and councils to allow for less red tape to enable schemes to get up and running quicker.
Tier 3. Getting farmers and landowners with bordering properties, working together to form land management programmes just look at environmental benefits, pairing them up with the private sector to use the land for carbon offset projects? Cuckmere and Pevensey Levels Partnership is one of these test projects.
Some questions around what people think of the proposals of how the ELM will work are stated but DEFRA are not looking for any projects or ideas.
Natural Capital Committee, April 2020
This paper sets out the NCC’s advice to government on taking a natural capital approach to attaining net zero. Nature based interventions for attaining the government’s net zero target should be viewed in the broader context of the 25 YEP goals. This should be delivered through a joined-up government response to climate change.
The school strikes and Extinction Rebellion have created an incredible surge of energy, and now a plan for reaching ‘net zero’ emissions by mid century has just been released by the Committee on Climate Change. But how is the concept of net zero – and the ambition contained within it – understood and engaged with, beyond the environmental movement? Are the public, and especially the centre-right, ready for net zero?