Tees Valley and County Durham Climate and Fairness Panel – reflections….

For those who missed it, the progressive think IPPR recently released a report on the deliberations of the Tees Valley and County Durham Climate and Fairness Panel – one of just four such panels to be convened nationally.

Bringing together a diverse and regionally representative group of people, the Panel was tasked with answering the following question:

“What practical steps should we take together in Tees Valley and County Durham to address the climate crisis and restore nature in a way that is fair for everyone?”

As the report notes, Tees Valley and County Durham has the potential to benefit from a transition to a net zero economy; but, with its prevalence of energy-intensive industries, it also has the potential to suffer if this transition is poorly planned and managed.

The Panel’s recommendations are many and varied and span multiple domains. They include:

“Raise taxes on high carbon industries to be ring-fenced locally” (Recommendation for Action at the National Level)

“Prioritise producing clean energy jobs and greener industrial practices. For Tees Valley and County Durham, this will mean focussing on the industries where we have the most knowledge, expertise, and assets” (Recommendations for Action at the Local Level)

“Education about climate and nature from an early age. We need to be educating people in climate and nature from an early age – including an understanding of ecosystems” (Recommendation for Nature, What We Eat and How We Use the Land)

The full report can be downloaded here.