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A green economic recovery strategy for Hampshire

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.

For a full case study click here.

For more information see the report and briefing papers on the Hampshire County Council website.

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