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Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP)

The Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) consists of all 10 districts and the county council, plus the Local Enterprise Partnership. HCCSP is a strategic group which acts as the lead partnership organisation for partners to collaborate and identify joint work programmes on environmental, climate change and wider sustainability issues.

The Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership was formed in March 2020 with representation at Leader and/or Executive Member level, along with Chief Officers. 

The collective work programme is supported by officers from each authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership, who work on priority topics that are focused on action planning and implementation in a number of key areas:

  1. Water Sustainability 
  2. Biodiversity 
  3. Carbon Reduction 
  4. Transport 
  5. Behaviour Change 
  6. Adaptation 

By joining together to tackle wider issues outside of the direct control of each individual authority, the partnership is working collaboratively to deliver climate change action, and address the carbon reduction targets for Hertfordshire and to achieve lasting change.

HCCSP is working closely with the Hertfordshire Growth Board (the County Council, the 10 district and borough councils, the Integrated Care System, Homes England and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership) and also reports regularly to the Hertfordshire Leaders Group (attended by all Council Leaders).

The partnership maintains key strategic links with other groups across the county such as the Hertfordshire Infrastructure Planning Partnership (Executive Members and Heads of Planning) and the Hertfordshire Planners Group, as well as the Hertfordshire Growth Hub.

HCCSP seeks to engage Hertfordshire community groups, the voluntary sector, residents and businesses to stimulate behaviour change around climate change and achieve shared carbon reduction goals across the county.

Chair

Councillor Graham McAndrew is the Chair of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership. He is the Executive Member for Environmental Sustainability at East Herts District Council and also Bishop Stortford Rural Division member for Hertfordshire County Council.

HCCSP Partners

All 12 partner organisations that form the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership are listed below, along with the relevant link for information about specific climate change and sustainability action in that local authority area.

The Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership was established in 2020 to achieve the greatest impact by working collaboratively. The initial four key themes the Partnership focussed on were: Water Sustainability, Biodiversity, Carbon Reduction and Transport. Two further Strategic Action Plans are currently in development on Behaviour Change and Adaptation. 

These areas are supported by national government policy and HCCSP is uniquely placed to work in partnership to create greater opportunities to realise national policy objectives for local and countywide impact.  Officer working groups take work forward on each topic, alongside subject matter experts to focus on identifying the joint work areas and to support delivery. 

The Partnership has approved four Strategic Action Plans which outline over 150 actions to be delivered before 2030. The Partnership meets regularly throughout the year to monitor progress against these actions. 

 

Water

Hertfordshire is in one of the driest regions of the country and  our residents are among the highest water users nationally. The impacts of climate change on our water supply make it an even scarcer resource in the dryer months, whilst flooding can be a serious issue during the wetter months. 

As well as water supply, there is the issue of wastewater and the need for suitable infrastructure to support growth across the county. One particularly unique feature that needs to be protected in Hertfordshire are chalk streams, which are an attractive feature of the Chilterns and a rare habitat globally.

The HCCSP Water Reduction Strategic Action Plan is available to view.

Biodiversity

Many of the impacts of climate change will be felt first by nature, bringing impacts on food supply chain, air quality and water preservation. In order to meet the national target of a net-zero county by 2050, it is likely that some carbon off-setting through greening will be required, along with requirements via the Environment Bill to deliver biodiversity net-gains for all new developments. 

The 25 Year Environment Plan and reports from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust outline the decline of nature across the UK and in Hertfordshire. For example, protected species have declined by 60% over the last 50 years. There are significant opportunities to preserve and enhance the existing natural environment of the county, as well as to deliver new natural habitats. 

HCCSP is uniquely-placed to coordinate and collaborate on a county-wide scale with officers and Members across Planning, Parks and Green Spaces, Highways, Sustainability, Licensing and more. 

The HCCSP Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan is available to view. 

Carbon

Carbon reduction is central to approaches for tackling climate change, and by identifying a collective carbon footprint HCCSP can work collaboratively to reduce emissions and provide off-sets for those that it is not possible to avoid. The Partnership is working to achieve a consistent framework for partners to calculate carbon emissions and to monitor carbon savings needed by 2050.

HCCSP is developing initiatives to address carbon reduction and to agree targets for reducing emissions. The potential for joint initiatives working with businesses and the private sector will enable green growth and ensure successful delivery of our carbon reduction agenda.

The HCCSP Carbon Reduction Strategic Action Plan is available to view.

Transport

The biggest contributor to carbon emissions across the county arise from transport, which also has a significant impact on air quality. There are 33 air quality management areas (AQMAs) due to road transport emissions in Hertfordshire. 

There is a national push to decarbonise the transport system, coupled with a wish to promote active travel which would help reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and benefit community health and wellbeing. Issues such as the roll out of electric vehicle infrastructure, transport policy and encouraging active travel are among those being addressed.

The HCCSP Transport Strategic Action Plan is available to view.

Behaviour Change 

Behaviour change is the act of changing how people behave; and for the Partnership, it is specifically about real world change to core beliefs, actions and decisions for social and environmental improvement. This priority area has a central role to play in helping Hertfordshire on the journey to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050. 

Behaviour change is a methodological, systematic approach to engagement with individuals and communities to impact the range of factors that inform decisions individuals make.  The HCCSP Behaviour Change Strategic Action Plan will bring together proposed actions from the initial four action plans that have a behavioural aspect to allow HCCSP to develop targeted interventions for behaviour change with the capability, opportunity and motivation approach. 

A draft version of the Strategic Action Plan is available. Please note this is in initial draft form and being developed at present so should be viewed as a work in progress. HCCSP is undertaking a period of stakeholder engagement over the summer. Please get in contact via the contact form to find out more. 

Adaptation 

Humanity has breached the tipping points of a number of climate change impacts including increases in the number and severity of flooding events, extreme heat events and associated impacts on supply chain, council services and health. The more we reduce emissions right now the easier it will be to adapt to the changes we can no longer avoid; but we cannot control many of the impacts of climate change that will continue to impact our world and Hertfordshire in particular. 

Councils, businesses and residents must identify the risks that climate change has on our everyday lives, and then remove or reduce those risks to a manageable level. This will allow Hertfordshire residents to live well and accommodate climate change through adaptation and by building resilience. HCCSP has formed a sub group to clarify this subject, establishing a framework for a cross-county risk register and climate adaptation plan for Hertfordshire. 

Further updates on the Strategic Action Plan for Adaptation will be forthcoming. 
 

If you would like to find out more about our work and to get an up to date overview of our topics please use the contact form to get in touch. To join our mailing list or to be notified about future events please complete the contact form. 

The terms of reference for the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership can be viewed here:

HCCSP has held three stakeholder webinars to update on progress and highlight the work of the partnership. Last year HCCSP publicly launched four Strategic Action Plans on the initial four priority topics: Water, Biodiversity, Carbon Reduction and Transport.

The launch event took place during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26).

A summary of the Q&A is below:

An introduction to Climate Change 

This introductory video provides an understanding of the basic science of climate change, how Local Authorities can collaborate and mobilise change, and what the Partnership is doing to take action on climate change in Hertfordshire.

HCCSP Sustainability Events Calendar  

The calendar contains further details of sustainability initiatives and events that can be shared on social media. This information has been collated and will be updated so that local stakeholders can amplify, cascade and support the content as they choose. 

Hertfordshire Sustainability Map 


Sustainable Hertfordshire at Hertfordshire County Council have launched an online map to share sustainability events and projects around the county. This interactive map allows you to zoom in and click on events and to add details of your own activities. 

Idling Action Events


We are delighted to be able to share resources to help the community hold their own Idling Action Events in Hertfordshire. 

Please ensure you share a risk assessment with HCCSP no less than two weeks before your event so that you can hold your event and demonstrate best practice on the public highway.

 

Information for businesses 

The Hertfordshire Growth Hub is a central point of access for businesses seeking support and advice, and can provide guidance for businesses to be more sustainable and work toward net zero. The Knowledge Bank hosts on demand resources for businesses to access following a simple online registration. Current videos include:

•    Supply Chain Sustainability with Rozenn Solutions and Bambuu Brush
•    Energy Efficiency: A Hidden Business Opportunity
•    Funded Training for Carbon Awareness
•    Net Zero – What does it mean for your business?

The Government’s Business Climate Hub includes information for small and medium sized enterprises about joining the UN’s ‘Race to Zero’ and practical steps that businesses can take to cut emissions.

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