Three separate Action Groups were established, bringing together local experts and interest groups to consider the key areas that we can most effect locally - Transport, Buildings and Agriculture & Land Use.
Chaired independently, participants in these groups included local community groups and organisations who are active in these sectors, as well as representatives from local businesses, farms and schools and officials from both Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council.
The output and recommendations from these groups was presented at the COP26 East Hampshire event on 8th October, identifying the actions by households, businesses, public sector organisations and others that can be taken to accelerate decarbonisation locally.
A 'Fact Pack' of background information used by all the groups is available as an attachment at the bottom on this page, alongside supplementary information packs produced for each group.
This group considered the opportunities of decarbonising the use of transport locally, including how to promote the use of 'active transport' such as walking and cycling, as well as support the take up of Electric Vehicles and the availability of electric charge points. The challenge of improving public and community transport is another area of focus for the group.
Participants in this group include representatives from ACAN, PeCAN, Alton Cycle, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership, East Hampshire District Council and Hampshire County Council.
This group looked at how to maximise energy efficiency in local buildings, including both new builds and retrofitting existing buildings. This includes homes, offices as well as public sector buildings, such as schools.
Output from the group considered how this can be done through national policy, local policy & plans, as well as actions that can be taken by individuals.
Participants in this group include representatives from Energy Alton/ACAN, PeCAN, Sustainability Centre, Abri Housing Association, Good Homes Alliance, Whitman Laboratories, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, East Hampshire District Council and Hampshire County Council.
Agriculture & Land Use
This group looked at how farming and food production can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the transition to Environmental Land Management.
They also considered issues relating to nature, habitat and woodland management, and how to can get the most out of land in both urban and rural areas.
Participants in this group include representatives from the NFU, individual landowners including Blackmoor Estates, Norton Farm, Kings Farm and Applegarth Farm, ACAN, PeCAN, Petersfield Society, East Hampshire District Council and Hampshire County Council,