Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly

Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly

In March 2021 44 residents of Blaenau Gwent got together online to discuss the question 'how can we tackle climate change in Blaenau Gwent in a way that is fair and improves living standards for everyone?'  These 44 Assembly Members were chosen at random to be representative of people in Blaenau Gwent (in terms of age, gender, where they live, type of housing etc.)  The Climate Assembly met for a total of 23 hours online, hearing evidence from over 20 experts (from academics to local residents), and voted on recommendations they created themselves, five of which received the 80% support needed to become official recommendations.

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More About the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly

As well as the Report of the Climate Assembly you can also view videos of all the expert evidence about the impacts of climate change and potential solutions in Blaenau Gwent at the Climate Assembly website.

The Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly was commissioned by a consortium of civil society organisations and housing associations: Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales, Electoral Reform Society Cymru, Linc Housing Cymru, Melin Homes, Tai Calon Community Housing Association and United Welsh Housing Association.  Working closely with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (BGCBC) and Blaenau Gwent Public Service Board (PSB).  It was funded through Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme – Optimised Retrofit Programme.

Climate Assembly Response and Updates

We committed to develop additional actions to accelerate our response to the climate emergency in response to the Climate Assembly recommendations, working with partners through the Blaenau Gwent Local Well-being Partnership (part of Gwent Public Services Board).  Our responses and updates are below:

July 2021 Proposed Partner Actions

This response does not attempt to list all the actions that we and partners are taking on climate change, it focuses on those related to aspects of the Climate Assembly recommendations that can be delivered at the Blaenau Gwent level.    (Some elements of the recommendations such as a single ticket system for public transport will need action at a larger scale, we are advocating for these changes, but the response focuses on what can be done locally.)

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