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Lincoln Climate Commission

The Lincoln Climate Commission emerged from a collaboration with the City of Lincoln Council, Siemens, Transition Lincoln and the University of Lincoln.  Since then the group has expanded to include the valuable input from a range of businesses and organisations who wish to work together to make a positive choice on issues relating to energy, carbon, weather and climate.  The value of the Climate Commission is its ability to harness the collective energy, vision and ambition of key stakeholders across Lincoln and Lincolnshire to deliver a step-change in its response to the climate emergency.

In 2019, the commission had been working on a draft Lincoln Roadmap to achieve Zero carbon by 2030. During the spring of 2020, the commission is planning a range of community consultation events to review the evidence outlined in the Zero Carbon Roadmap and to consider a range of actions we will need to deliver to achieve the zero carbon target.

Visit the download section for more information about the role of the commission, the latest terms of reference and the governance structure.

Why do we need a Lincoln Climate Commission?

To help shape Lincoln’s transition to become a resource efficient and climate resilient city

Lincoln has an ambition to be a carbon neutral city by the year 2030. This is an ambitious challenge that a wide range of public, private and third sector partners have all signed up to achieving. Since the City of Lincoln Council declared a state of climate emergency on the 23rd July 2019, a road map, highlighting how Lincoln shall meet its target of being carbon neutral by 2030 has now been drawn up. This ambition is connected to the city’s wider objectives of being a green city, with a focus on sustainable transport choices, the efficient movement of goods and people and to encouraging sustainable forms of inclusive growth.

Following discussions with key representatives from these sectors, it was agreed that an independent Lincoln Climate Commission should be established which mirrors other such groups set up nationwide. At this exciting moment in Lincoln’s history, the Lincoln Climate Commission is looking for members to come forward to represent these key areas.

More information about the Lincoln Climate Commission

Lincoln Climate Commission is an independent advisory body, chaired by the City of Lincoln Council, which provides a secretariat, and vice-chaired by the University of Lincoln. The geographic scope of the Lincoln Climate Commission is the District Council boundary of the City of Lincoln Council. It is likely that the Climate Commission will take into account the wider geography of the Lincoln urban boundary and the Lincoln travel to work boundary, as these spatial geographies have an integral role in assisting the ambition of Lincoln transitioning to a carbon neutral city.

Lincoln Climate Commission is primarily dependent upon voluntary and in-kind contributions with members providing their resources and expertise to drive strategic thinking and promoting on the ground delivery and implementation of projects contribute the wider ambitions of the Climate Commission.

Full details of the vision, scope, deliverable, membership, governance and operating principles can be found in the Terms of Reference for Lincoln Climate Commission which should be read in conjunction with this recruitment material and the Lincoln road map.

The Lincoln Climate Commission comprises of:

A Strategy Group including a Chair, Vice-Chair and at least one person from each working group. The strategy group meets quarterly and:

  • oversees the programme of deliverables
  • takes an overview of initiatives, projects and activities to ensure co-ordination, reduce duplication and foster synergy between projects
  • acts as a problem-solving forum
  • agrees, communicates and publishes advice on meeting carbon reduction targets
  • agrees, communicates and publishes advice on risk / opportunity assessment of climate change

Working Groups which meet at least quarterly and report to the Strategy Group. They are:

  • Co-ordinating Group

We are looking to extend the working groups and at present these are proposed to be made up of the following:-

  • Communications Group
  • Consultation Group
  • Research Group