Blaenau Gwent
Climate Assembly
Sessions

The following is a summary of the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly sessions conducted throughout March 2021.

Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly – Recommendations

43 of the 47 members of the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly have voted on the final recommendations. Five recommendations received over 80% of the vote and were officially passed by the Assembly. The breakdown of recommendations and percentage of support is below.

The recommendations will be presented to Housing Associations and the PSB Climate Mitigation Steering Group in April and written responses will be provided.

The final report of the Assembly will be published the week of 18 April 2021. 

A Welsh Translation of this document will be available soon.

Participant FAQs

Throughout the Climate Assembly process, participants have been encouraged to ask questions.

The following documents include the questions asked and answers provided by our climate witnesses.

Participant FAQs (updated)

Extinction Rebellion FAQs

Blaenau Gwent CBC responses to FAQs

Local Authority role in decarbonisation

Tuesday 2 March

Introduction for participants

Purpose:

  • To enable assembly members to ask questions about the process, and their role
  • To enable Assembly members to meet the team
  • To enable Assembly members to get to know each other (icebreaker)

Saturday 6 March

Chris Blake

Director – The Green Valleys CIC (Lead Expert)

I am an environmentalist who has spent the last ten years working to support communities to take action on climate change.  I was a founding director of the award winning The Green Valleys (CIC) and Community Energy Wales.

I lead the Skyline project which seeks to give communities long-term control of landscape to deliver their economic, social, and climate goals.

You can get a feel for my priorities and beliefs in this recent blog, but strong belief is that communities, if given the opportunity are the best people to imagine and deliver a sustainable future.

Introduction to Climate Change

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh

Director, UK – Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation

Climate change is an ethical issue, not just a scientific one. That means there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ ways to tackle climate change – it depends on your values and how you see the world, and this is why people may have different views on how best to tackle it.

Deciding why and how to act on climate change

Julie Froud

Professor of Financial Innovation, University of Manchester

I am a researcher at the University of Manchester. For many years I have been researching the foundational economy – that is, all the important services and systems that we use everyday and which have a big effect on quality of life. This includes food, transport, housing, health and care, energy, education and more. Many of these systems don’t work well for everyone and most of them also need to be renewed and upgraded to make them better suited to meet net zero targets. My interest is in thinking about new policies and actions that can improve the foundational economy in ways that also improve social justice and inequality.

Net Zero and the Just Transition

Saturday 6 March - How does change happen?

Michelle Morris

Managing Director, Chair the PSB Climate Change Steering Group

Public Services Boards (PSBs) established to improve joint working across all public services in each local authority area in Wales. Each board is required to carry out a well-being assessment and publish an annual local well-being plan. The plan sets out how partners will meet their responsibilities under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

The Public Service Board, Council and their role in tackling the climate crisis

Professor Andy Gouldson

Professor of Environmental Policy, Unversity of Leeds / Chair of the PCAN (Place Based Climate Action Network)

Public Services Boards (PSBs) established to improve joint working across all public services in each local authority area in Wales. Each board is required to carry out a well-being assessment and publish an annual local well-being plan. The plan sets out how partners will meet their responsibilities under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

Opportunities and challenges of change at local authority level

Mara Moruz and Darcey Howell

Youth Climate Ambassador, Blaenau Gwent

We are part of the climate Assembly Youth Forum Members, Climate Mitigation Group, Climate Change Steering Group, We have met with a Local Climate Change Activist who plans protests in Abergavenny, we may help with future protests.

We share our views and opinions with young people around the UK and more specifically in South Wales.

Opportunities and challenges of change at local authority level

Sian Cox

Extinction Rebellion Cymru

I’m not an expert on carbon reduction or local solutions.

I’m an ordinary person, involved in the push for global change.

The role of activists in creating change

Phil Powell

Technical Director, Gwent Energy CIC

My specialism is helping community buildings to reduce their energy usage and running costs.

Allowing the organisation to improve and increase what activities they can provide for their community.

Examples of community energy projects in the Gwent area

Sunday 7 March - Housing

Julie James MS

Minister for Housing and Local Government

Housing - Overview

Sunday 7 March - New build

Neil Robins

Technical Director – MMC, United Welsh Housing

Lynn Morgan

MRICS, Director Development & Regeneration, United Welsh

New build housing

Nyree Jones

The Larch House

The Larch house

Sunday 7 March - Retrofit of existing homes

Catrin Maby

Independent Consultant/Welsh Government Decarbonising of existing homes advisory Group

Retrofit of existing homes

Paul Gibson

Director, Gibson Specialist Technical Services

Retrofit of existing homes

Sunday 7 March - Fuel poverty

Ben Saltmarsh

Director, NEA Cymru

Retrofit of existing homes

Sunday 7 March - Jobs, skills and housing

Julie Froud

Professor of Financial Innovation, University of Manchester

Jobs, skills and housing

Q&A - housing

Sunday 7 March - Nature and green space

Barbara Davies Quy

Head of Programmes, Size of Wales

Kevin Rahman Daultrey

Policy and Education Manager, Size of Wales

The global perspective and Wales as a responsible nation

Fen Turner

Senior People and Places Officer, Natural Resources Wales

Climate change, nature and Blaenau Gwent

Ian Thomas

Welcome to Our Woods

Community and collaborative action

Q&A - Nature and green space

March 7th PM session

Tuesday 16 March - Transport, future generations and initial recommendations

Natalie Rees

Sustainable Development Manager, Transport for Wales

Transport and climate change

Paula Renzel

Senior Policy Officer, Sustrans

An integrated sustainable transport network

Neil Lewis

TryDani

Community EV charging

Sophie Howe

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Future Generations and Climate Change

Led by Andy Paice, Mutual Gain

Initial Recommendations Exercise

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