Hampshire County Council commissioned the consultancy of the New Economics Foundation to support creation of a strategy for green economic recovery that:
- Improves living standards rather than simply targeting GVA growth.
- Supports the creation of good, secure jobs.
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the county.
We explored what a green economic recovery means for Hampshire, identified and assessed priority areas, and then brought together experts and local stakeholders to develop ideas for council strategy.
With an estimated 24% of Hampshire’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from residents living in their homes, our focus was on two key areas:
- Financing the investment needed to tackle emissions, housing deprivation, and fuel poverty.
- Tackling skills deficits in low-energy construction.
Firstly, we reviewed what a green economic recovery means for Hampshire, using Hampshire 2050 as a starting point. We then assessed priority action areas against criteria for a green economic recovery.
The final stage was to work with council colleagues, key local partners, and sector experts to identify actions the council could take to work towards enabling a green economic recovery for Hampshire. We also held policy-lab workshops on each priority area to translate the shared ambition into tangible local policy ideas for the council.
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For more information see the report and briefing papers on the Hampshire County Council website.