In June 2020 the Policy & Resources Committee published the 'Recovery Plan' to revive the economy, health and care, and prosperity of Islanders, and to improve resilience for the future; the Climate Change Policy Letter and Action Plan has now been published by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure, which is aligned and to be fully integrated with the Recovery Plan, if approved by the States, with the aim for it to be debated in August.
The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure participated in events with other jurisdictions and are looking to demonstrate to the community how everyone can do their bit to mitigate climate change with local research and engagement.
Climate Change Summit 2019
- On Monday 2nd December 2019, Jersey hosted a Climate Change Summit with representatives from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man who are all working towards the same goal of delivering carbon reductions in Island communities. A number of decisions were made at the summit and included pooling resources and sharing expertise to better understand each Island's greenhouse gas emissions in order to inform carbon reduction plans and at officer level, to explore procurement, skills and training opportunities and discuss the Island differences, synergies and threats within the energy market transition.
- Guernsey and Jersey have been working together on various workstreams including future energy policy and carbon emissions. A report was jointly commissioned by the Islands to provide a baseline on emissions in order to measure the success or failure of local actions to reduce emissions. Aether, who report on emissions for the UK and historically for the Channel Islands, have provided research, baseline data and information to inform the Climate Change Policy Letter and Action Plan.
- Island Global Research (IGR) have provided a summary report on Climate Change perceptions and views from the Island based on findings from a survey they carried out in November 2019. Insight and feedback from the report were used to inform the Climate Change Change Policy and Action Plan. The report is available in the downloads section.
- IGR facilitated a workshop with officers from across the States' and stakeholders from local organisations in December 2019 in order to pilot and give feedback on a further, in-depth independent survey on perceptions, barriers and behavioural changes to mitigate climate change that launched in January 2020.
- The survey focused on heating and on-island travel, two of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, to understand the perceptions and barriers around changes to improve energy efficiency at home and to reduce emissions for on-island travel; what lifestyles changes people have made or would be willing to make in the future; and perceptions on recent behavioural changes to improve re-cycling rates and reduce waste. As it is highly likely that we will all need to make some changes in the future in order to improve sustainability, to mitigate against climate change and to adapt, the survey results (available in the download section) show how important action to mitigate climate change will be in the coming months and years. "There was widespread agreement on the need for action on climate change. It was interesting to hear what measures people are already taking. It was also encouraging to hear how many people would be willing to change their behaviour in ways that would lead to reductions in carbon emissions." (Lindsay Jefferies, Managing Director of Island Global Research)
- As an organisation of over 5000 employees, the States of Guernsey can demonstrate that it can lead by example,'walk the walk' and take action to reduce carbon emissions. Lots of individual actions are already happening across service areas and show that large organisations can easily nudge and encourage sustainability.
- The #justonething campaign ran over the month of February on States of Guernsey social media platforms, with the #justonething hashtag to show what individuals are taking action to improve future outcomes for everybody on the Island.
- A list of individual and service area initiatives that are taking place across the organisation is available in the downloads section.
Guernsey Green Finance
- In 2019 the State's allocated £300K to 'We Are Guernsey' to make Guernsey a leader in sustainable investment and Green Finance.
- In June 2020 'We Are Guernsey' held an online a Sustainable Finance week, with guest speakers from sustainable finance leaders based in Switzerland, Hong Kong and New York. Climate finance and financing sustainability had shifted to the front and centre of the global policy agenda in recent years. The Green Finance team explored the influences and impacts around the central issue of the role that private capital will play in financing sustainability post Covid-19, and what implications the responses to the pandemic situation may hold for climate action, and what steps could be taken with private capital to align the immediate response to the sustainability imperative.