Climate and Ecological Emergency Commission

A zero-carbon, ecologically rich society is something to look forward to

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Commission (CEEC) is working to help the council reduce its carbon emissions and make more space for nature across all activities within the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.  The CEEC is made up of local residents who are passionate about making Hammersmith and Fulham a green and safe place for our future children and grandchildren to live in.

Despite four decades of knowledge and understanding about the negative effects of carbon emissions and their impact on the climate, the volume of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere continues to go up at an alarming rate. 

Scientists have proved time and again that there is a link between carbon emission and global warming, and yet we have not done enough to change our behaviour in response to the fact that if the planet continues to get hotter it will soon no longer be a safe place to live.

In 2018 the IPCC estimated that we have 12 years within which to reduce our carbon emissions to zero if we are to avoid run away global warming.  We must therefore all work together to change our behaviour and radically reduce carbon emissions, if we are to make our contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change and make Hammersmith and Fulham a green and safe place to live.

What is our aim?

Our aim is to work alongside the council in delivering its stated ambition to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, and to promote recovery of biodiversity across the whole of H&F.  We share the common objective as stated in the council’s vision that residents deserve a place that is safe, clean and green’.

Achieved through:

Engagement

By engaging with local residents and council officers we can support LBHF in helping us to define a positive vision of a zero-carbon and ecologically rich society.  All residents of Hammersmith & Fulham have a part to play and we must work together in order to ensure that the changes in behaviour we seek are effective. 
How can the council deliver their net zero ambition by 2030?

We would promote engagement through:

Public communication

The council must communicate with the Public and CEEC is currently working with the council to improve its communications about Climate Change.  The council will seek to inform the public about the dangers associated with high levels of carbon in the atmosphere and help promote behavioural change of residents, visitors and commerce in the borough to reduce carbon emissions. As well as prepare for the consequences of a changing climate that is already occurring due to global warming.

H&F Council engagement

The CEEC is engaging with council leaders, officers and policy makers. We are supporting officers in pushing through progressive new policies that will be required to reduce carbon emissions to net zero across all council activities and to adapt to the inevitable consequences of our changing climate.

Public engagement

The CEEC are working with the public to collectively define a positive vision for a zero-carbon and green and wildlife friendly society. We believe that our vision is something to look forward to and will encourage everyone to change behaviour and work together to achieve a better future for all.

In February 2020 we hosted a public engagement event at The Lyric Theatre. Attended by over 100 local residents we asked them what we as a commission should be considering as part of our work. The outcome of this event fed into our thinking and helped us to structure our work. See the report with the full list of ideas: Lyric Event 25 Feb 2020 – Report (pdf)

Combating the climate and ecological emergency consultation

H&F Council and H&F CEEC are running a consultation to find out how can we can help to improve life for all residents in Hammersmith & Fulham and do our bit towards combating climate change and ecological destruction.

To find out more about the project and tell us about any actions you are already taking and what more we can do to tackle the emergency together, go to Combating the climate and ecological emergency consultation

A change in our behaviour must start with educating residents about the true impact of carbon emissions and teaching us how to make the changes needed to protect ourselves from the worst effects of global warming.  We are working with H&F Youth Council and will be focusing on supporting how local schools can develop a curriculum that tells the truth about the climate and ecological emergency.

Imagine2030 

Imagine 2030 and what it would be like if we succeeded reducing our carbon emissions to zero. Imagine how nature would thrive, how clean the air would be and how we would support each other in providing high quality services within 20 minutes of where we live. 

Imagine2030 is a collaborative website that is seeking partnerships with CEEC, community and charitable groups, residents and the public sector, across the borough. 

It has been set up by local residents and is seen as an engaging platform on which views and ideas can be posted to envisage and inform a vision of a carbon free world. See #Imagine2030 for what Hammersmith & Fulham will be like if we succeeded in our ambitions.

Knowledge

By building knowledge at a local level the CEEC will help support all the residents of Hammersmith & Fulham to act on the climate and ecological emergency. Knowledge will provide the tools to help both residents and the council to understand the changes that are going to be needed to build a new zero-carbon society that is full of nature.

To explore the wide variety of activities that emit carbon across the borough, we have divided our work into 8 knowledge topics and we will provide details of our findings and give an indication of the actions that we think H&F Council will need to take under the following headings:

  1. Built Infrastructure
  2. Transport
  3. Ecology
  4. Energy
  5. Waste
  6. Finance
  7. Food
  8. Health
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Image caption: Image 1: The 8 areas of activity are supported by leadership and engagement

Leadership

The council, having declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, is committed to demonstrating strong leadership on climate change. The council have already set up a Climate Change Unit who are working hard to develop mapping tools, a strategy and a toolkit of programmes and projects to deliver net zero.  The CEEC are supporting them in this important work.

H&F Council vision and values

Following the council’s declaration of the Climate Emergency we are pleased to see that ‘Rising to the Challenge of the Climate and Ecological Emergency’ has now become one of the council's 6 Core Values.

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Image caption: Image 2: Good engagement and leadership is based on building knowledge at a local level
Leadership team

The CEEC has been engaging directly with the leadership team both at Cabinet and Senior Leader level and have found a high level of commitment to reducing carbon emissions.  The Leader of the council, Stephen Cowan, has confirmed his commitment to reduce carbon emissions across the borough and has taken on direct responsibility to act as the Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency. 

Adaptation

We would like to actively encourage the council to develop a plan of action that will urgently deliver policies and projects that are already required to enable residents to adapt to the disruptive impacts from climate change that are now inevitable.  As part of our work we will be exploring how the council must take action to adapt to climate change in relation to the following topics that should be considered in the first instance.

  • Communication of actions required in response to a major climate event
  • Security of food supply systems following crop failure
  • Support for mental health and well-being in response to increasing anxiety
  • Responding to civil unrest following major climate event
  • Security of clean water supplies following flooding
  • Management of health effects from over heating, for example care homes, schools and hospitals
  • Etc

The commission will be focussing on adaptation and will engage with the council in how they assess the risks and develop plans for how to respond accordingly.

Demonstrator projects

We would recommend that a series of demonstrator projects are used to examine the effectiveness of our recommendations as follows:

Low traffic neighbourhood

Transport is a major source of carbon emissions in the borough (around 15% or more) and we should be looking forward to behaviours that significantly reduce the number of vehicle trips on our roads. There is huge opportunity to achieve the co benefits of traffic reduction with improvements in health and well being through improvements to air quality and healthier life styles.

The council is being very proactive and developing borough wide plans to address these issues. Prioritized cycle ways have already been set up, and plans for low traffic neighbourhoods are advancing, to include more locally based services which can be accessed by a short walk or cycle ride. The intention is that the plans will be developed to include road space from fewer cars and less parking, set aside for carbon sinks, and planting areas to improve urban surface drainage. To encourage the enhancement and promotion of nature, with tree planting, and community managed green space. 

A further study should be carried out to demonstrate the impact of taking cars out of an area of our borough completely to show the co-benefits of reduced dependency on cars. The area must be large enough to consider the strategic benefits of removing cars from a wider neighbourhood and not just a single street. 

The study could look at the strategic benefits that can be achieved through improvements to a wide range of facilities including retail, public services, air pollution, biodiversity, health etc that currently impact the whole community. This would illustrate how important it is for us to consider different solutions to support our future transport needs.

Areas that have been suggested include:
1, Hammersmith Town Centre including Hammersmith Bridge and Kings St.
2, Shepherd's Bush Green
3, Fulham Broadway including North End Road Market.

Zero-carbon housing estate

Buildings (commercial and residential) account for over 30% of all our carbon emissions though heat loss, electricity demand and embedded carbon.  Retrofitting housing and commercial property can deliver immediate economic benefits through the creation of jobs and investment in our community. 

A study to examine how a council owned estate can be structured to provide a zero-carbon community can demonstrate the co-benefits of moving towards a zero-carbon society.  For example, the Clem Attlee Estate, (last remaining area of severe deprivation in the borough) could be retrofitted to:

  • Increase insulation to reduce energy use
  • Provided with a new zero-carbon energy supply and district heating system 
  • Provide local work hubs with super-fast broadband to reduce travel to work
  • Can be supported with local food sources from local markets
  • Can be supported with local transport and bike schemes
  • Can be supported by electric car share scheme
  • Provided with high quality education and health systems
  • Etc

The study will report on the logistics of enabling a zero-carbon lifestyle giving us a better understanding of the costs and the benefits over the long term.

Zero-carbon commerce

Modern consumerism is based on an unsustainable model in which finite resources are extracted from the earth in order to make huge quantities of products which are often transported across the world for sale. The cheap prices of many of these goods encourage consumers to discard items as soon as they tire of them and move on to the next thing.  Land fill sites are groaning, our oceans are choking on plastic waste. Vast quantities of carbon are emitted at every stage of this process. 

Recycling is good, but not creating the waste in the first place is much better. Reliance on high levels of consumerism results in vast amounts of waste, encourages the manufacture of products with built-in obsolescence and leads to manufacturers chasing cheap parts of the world for production, with trading across the world to reduce costs and take advantage of vulnerable people and natural environments.

As we emerge from COVID, there is the opportunity for a rethink about what a successful economy might look like. Is chasing GDP growth at any cost really providing long term benefits to our society? Is it time to challenge the notion that in order to be happier, better and more successful people we have to have more ‘stuff’?

The commission would like to promote a circular economic model where products are designed to last, be re-used or repaired. A circular economy would create local jobs, reduce waste and keep more wealth in the local community. Wasteful consumerism could be replaced by mindful consumption.

The council is working with a group of residents in partnership with the commission to explore the potential for providing a community facility where residents can share ideas for how a circular economy might work. A Library of Things in West Norwood or the Think and Do space in Kentish Town already provide examples of how this might work. 

Mapping knowledge

There are already lots of great things happening in Hammersmith & Fulham. The Lyric Theatre is already committed to reduce it’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 1990 levels by 2025. H&F Council has installed over 200 electric car charging points and is installing a carbon absorbing wall at Imperial College. Partnerships have been formed between the council and local businesses to explore how we can work together to reduce carbon emissions from commercial activities.

A community mapping tool would allow everyone to highlight the great things that are already happening and bring attention to areas of activity that need more attention. Knowledge provides the tools we need to make the right decisions and we all need much more information about how to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.

The study would look at developing a mapping tool that captures both the good things and bad things across H&F and is accessible to everyone. By providing residents with easy access to knowledge through a mapping tool, where we can all add information, we will all be empowered to change behaviour and build a zero-carbon economy.

Have your say

H&F Council and the CEEC are running a consultation to find out how can we can help to improve life for all residents in Hammersmith & Fulham and do our bit towards combating climate change and ecological destruction.

To find out more about the project and tell us about any actions you are already taking and what more we can do to tackle the emergency together, go to Combating the climate and ecological emergency consultation

Who are we?

The CEEC is made up of 12 local residents who are passionate about making Hammersmith & Fulham a safe place for our children and grandchildren to live in.  Please follow the links for short biographies for each commissioner.

  • Paul Beaty-Pownall (Chair)
    Paul has lived in Fulham for 30 years and has enjoyed the benefits of living close to the west end, whilst enjoying the open spaces and views that come with living on the edge of the city and near the River Thames.  A father of 3 children who are growing up fast and will soon be faced with the challenges of finding work in a post Covid economy.  Paul is an architect and director of a Putney based firm, where he is also author of a number of design guides that look at the future of railway station design and how stations should be designed to serve their local community.

    Paul believes that a zero-carbon future is something to look forward to and that it is now time for us all to work together to design a community that measures success through high levels of well-being for everyone.  It has become increasingly understood by all parts of our society that urgent action is now needed to protect ourselves from the worst impacts of climate change. This shared understanding gives Paul hope that the action needed might also bring our divided society together and be a truly positive experience.

  • Stephen Farrant
    Stephen Farrant is a senior sustainability professional, adviser, facilitator, and qualified executive coach. With a range of clients currently spanning travel, renewable energy, professional services and private equity, he helps business to re-think, re-connect and re-purpose their strategy for the 2020s.

    With well over a decade of experience enabling businesses to work on climate, sustainability and innovation, he started his career in the early 1990s at British Airways. Most recently he was Director of Sustainability and Innovation at Business in the Community (one of the Prince of Wales’ leading charities) where among other things he established the Circular Economy Taskforce and the Responsible Business Tracker. Steve currently serves as Advisor to the Board of the International Tourism Partnership.

  • Helen Dell
    Helen has worked for over 25 years in infrastructure development.  Her career started as transport and environmental economist working on project feasibility in the UK and overseas, and then she moved to public sector infrastructure procurement at HM Treasury’s Treasury Taskforce (TTF) and Partnerships UK (PUK). Over what was a ten year period of working in central government, her roles covered the development and procurement of projects and programmes for the public sector, in transport, flood defence, waste management delivery, the health sector and commercial initiatives in science and technology.  Since 2008, Helen has focused on family life, whilst for a period, worked part time work as a Non Executive Director with a firm of architects and urban designers.  More recently Helen has undertaken a number of volunteer roles in the local community and is a committee member of her local residents’ association.
  • Sian Alexander
    Sian is Executive Director of the Lyric Hammersmith and has previously worked as a senior management consultant in the arts working with organisations such as the Nuffield in Southampton, Creative Industry Finance, Tricycle Theatre and the World Stages Consortium among others. From 2012 to 2014 she was Executive Director of the Bush Theatre and prior to that was Associate Director of Julie’s Bicycle from 2010 to 2013 and Head of Theatre in London at Arts Council England for 10 years until 2010. She is Chair of Trustees for Frantic Assembly as well as being on the Boards of Julie’s Bicycle, the Gate Theatre and London Theatre Consortium and was previously on the advisory board of non zero one. Sian became a Clore Fellow in 2006 and in 2019 she was appointed Chair of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Women’s Equality Commission.
  • Yvonne Insh
    Yvonne has been resident in Fulham since 1977. She is a mother of three, grandmother of eight and a great grandmother of two.  She is a registered nurse and registered midwife and is now retired from the NHS after 47 years service.  She is International Board Certified Lactation Consultant UK IBLCE country coordinator.  Yvonne’s last posting was as a senior midwife, Supervisor of midwives and Infant feeding Coordinator at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust.  Since retirement in 2010 she has hosted a local voluntary breastfeeding support group.  She has been dedicated to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding and safe use and marketing of breast milk substitutes through work with local and national organisations such as Westminster/K&C/H&F infant feeding operational group, Lactation consultants of GB, Unicef BFI UK and WHO.
  • Holly Larrett
    Holly spent over twenty years in the City providing investment advice on Japanese equities to institutional investors, latterly focusing on ethical and sustainable investment in Asia. In 2016 Holly achieved an MSc in Corporate Governance & Business Ethics from the University of London, Birkbeck College and has a practical understanding of how sustainability and business ethics relate to commercial success and the wider role of corporate, public and charitable sectors. Holly is a skilled linguist with fluent Japanese. Holly currently holds non-executive positions across the arts, education and the criminal justice sectors. Currently Trustee at Rambert School, sits on Management Committee of Camden Primary Pupil Referral Unit, Independent Monitoring Board Member at HMP Wandsworth and Hammersmith & Fulham Climate and Ecological Emergency Commissioner. She has lived in Hammersmith & Fulham for 16 years and has two teenage children.
  • Cecilia Tacoli
    Cecilia has lived in Shepherds Bush for 30 years. She has worked in international development since the mid-1980s and for the past 25 years at the International Institute for Environment and Development, an independent policy research organisation. Her main work focus and personal interest is bringing the voices of marginalised and vulnerable people to the table where decisions are made, through a combination of participatory approaches and tools, and advocacy with local and national governments and international agencies.

    She has researched the interface between urban and rural areas, people and enterprises, the changing nature of urban poverty and emerging food insecurity in cities of the Global South in the context of climate change. She has served as contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

  • Morag Carmichael
    Morag has been interested in nature and involved with Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace for many years and has been co-ordinating the local Friends of the Earth group for about 5 years. She chaired the Hammersmith and Fulham Biodiversity Commission in 2017 and has had hands on experience with Trees for Life in Scotland and local volunteer groups working to enhance the environment for wildlife to thrive.  Ever since seeing the film Age of Stupid back in 2009 she has been highly motivated to act on the climate crisis and she is a member of the local Extinction Rebellion group.
  • Pat Tookey
    Pat worked at UCL’s Institute of Child Health as an epidemiologist and public health researcher, and has over 30 years’ experience in teaching, surveillance and research. Her main focus was on women and children’s health, particularly infections in pregnancy and childhood, antenatal screening and immunisation. She has lived in Shepherds Bush for 45 years, brought both her children up here, and has been active locally in various capacities including as a school governor. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a life-long cyclist, and has been involved in Hammersmith and Fulham’s local Extinction Rebellion Group since it was established early in 2019.
  • Artin Amjady
    Artin is a local resident born and raised in the borough. He is in education doing his PhD on political theory at King’s College London. Artin is passionate about the climate crisis and doing something practical to see changes in our community and society to achieve a sustainable, green future we would all like to live in.
  • William Reynolds

    Will holds an engineering masters degree, and now works in the arts as a theatre set and lighting designer.

    He has lived in H&F for 14 years, where he founded and runs Metta Theatre, an internationally renowned touring theatre charity. He has two children at primary school in the borough. 

    Will is Carbon Literacy Project trained and, as an Arts Council England Creative Climate Leader is working with major UK theatres to help green the theatrical touring sector through the Accelerator Programme. 

  • Eleanor Harrington

    Eleanor Harrington, is Co-Director of Bubble & Squeak as well as being the Community Involvement Officer at Old Oak Community Centre in East Acton. Bubble & Squeak is the kids run social enterprise tackling food waste. Since 2017 it has been running its pay-as-you-feel surplus food stall, after school clubs and community events. Led by an inspirational group of local children who use nutritious surplus food to bring together the local community. Eleanor has an interest in building the wealth of energy, knowledge and ideas that exist in our communities to bring about grassroots change and to grow community-led ideas.

References and reports

The following documents provide more information about our work:

Lyric Event 25 Feb 2020 – Report (pdf)

#Imagine2030

April 2020 update