A first virtual Chichester Climate Change Conference discussed issues ranging from tree planting to electric vehicles, renewable energy, waste disposal and water quality.
Over the two hours last Friday (September 4), residents fired off a number of questions at the six-member panel.
These were Chichester MP Gillian Keegan, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for environment Deborah Urquhart, Penny Plant, Chichester District Council’s cabinet member for environment, Richard Craven, Chichester Harbour Conservancy director, Nick Gray, area flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, and Ian Phillips, chair of the South Downs National Park Authority.
Mrs Keegan said: “There’s a lot we can do here in Chichester. I wanted to start the discussion and continue the momentum and focus on locally what we can do.”
The conference heard how CDC is due to launch a programme offering households the chance to bulk buy solar panels for their roofs. A green recovery fund would be available to boost energy efficiency in the least efficient homes.
The district council is also creating a citizens’ jury, which will be asked to make recommendations on climate change, working groups made up of different organisations to help develop greenhouse gas mitigation projects and a public behaviour change campaign.
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