Commission on Environmental Sustainability
Chaired by the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool John Moores University Professor Nigel Weatherill, the Commission on Environmental Sustainability has undertaken an independent review on behalf of the Liverpool City Mayor of what is required to support Liverpool as a sustainable city when resources will be in scarcer supply and when quality of place will be a key factor in determining economic development.
In this report published in March 2015, the Commission recommends that local political boundaries be put aside in the interests of the whole region and that the Mayor should seek a commitment from local political leaders for a single unified vision for an environmentally sustainable city region.
Other proposals include:
- A Northern Commission on Environmental Sustainability be established.
- Options for a municipal or city-wide energy company should be considered.
- A Director of Environment Sustainability for the city be appointed.
- The Combined Authority and Merseytravel should begin the process to take back control of the bus network.
- Measures be taken to improve safety for cycling.
- The Liverpool City Mayor should work with community leaders, education leaders and health professionals to raise awareness of environmental sustainability issues.
- The universities and colleges should be tasked to develop an International Research Centre for Environmental Sustainable Cities.
- A digital vision be created for Liverpool that can become the platform to help deliver a smart, green city.
- A 'Meanwhile Use' strategy be established for plots of land which could be used for community growing, play areas or exercise areas while they are waiting to be developed.
- There should be a green corridor strategy including pedestrianising areas in the Knowledge Zone.
- A waste strategy that cuts across political boundaries and recognises waste as a valuable resource should be developed urgently
- There should be a review of waste collection to improve recycling rates and improve cleanliness at a reduced cost
The Commission received views from young people, school students, businesses, public sector, third sector, community and faith groups, experts and individuals at a number of meetings with views also being submitted in writing. It also looked at good practice in cities in the UK and wider afield. The evidence base for the Commission will be published here shortly.
- Terms of Reference for Liverpool Commission on Environmental Sustainability.
- Local Stakeholder event report (May 2014).