Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2006-07

23 January 2007

23 January 2007

Climate change: the "citizen's agenda" - Further evidence sessions

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold the following oral evidence sessions in relation to its inquiry into Climate change: the "citizen's agenda".

The evidence will be taken in the Council Chamber, University of East Anglia, Norwich, from individuals who have taken the opportunity to inform the debate about the "citizen's agenda" and from the Community Carbon Reduction Programme (CRed) based at the University.

Wednesday 31 January 2007
11.00 am Jon Cape, Garry Charnock, Dr Roy Alexander and Jason Borthwick
11.40 am (approx) John Riley, Dr Laurence Matthews, Bill Butcher and Doug Hoffman
12.20 pm (approx) Helen Deavin, Rev. David Hares, Glen Buckingham and Belinda James

Wednesday 31 January 2007
2.00 pm Community Carbon Reduction Programme (CRed)


1. The evidence sessions at the University of East Anglia will be held within the Council Chamber which is located within the Registry Building on the UEA campus. Both oral evidence sessions are open to the general public.

2. The following links provide directions and a map to the University and details of the University campus (the evidence session is being held in the building labelled V1 and opposite building A2 on the campus map):



3. Those wishing to attend should check the venue by calling the Efra committee office the day before the hearing on 020 7219 5774. Website: www.parliament.uk/efracom.

4. For further details about this inquiry, and other information about the Committee can be found at:


5. Brief details of the witnesses are as follows:

Panel 1

Jon Cape: Member of the Eco-Congregation Stirling Network; founder of local and district community initiatives such as Going Carbon Neutral Stirling; currently planning the 'Home Energy Co-op' (a co-operative energy services company).

Garry Charnock: Inspired Ashton Hayes Parish Council to adopt proposal that the village become carbon neutral; helped complete 'carbon footprint' of the village; awarded Defra Climate Challenge funding (24 similar-sized communities have followed this example); civil engineer working as Brand & Communications Director for RSK Group, an environmental engineering consultancy.

Roy Alexander: Reader in Geography, University of Chester; Technical Co-ordinator, Ashton Hayes' Going Carbon Neutral Project, Member of CRed Chester Steering Committee.

Jason Borthwick: Diversification consultant advising small to medium sized business and domestic developers on ways to save running costs by "being greener" with their buildings and systems.

Panel 2

John Riley: Scottish Action on Climate Change, established by a group of individuals concerned that "not enough was being done by the Government to educate people fully on the potential impacts of climate change and to provide practical tips and solutions to help mitigate the problem."

Laurence Matthews: Background in 'management science and forecasting', has worked in universities and the transport industry; now a writer.

Bill Butcher: Established the "Big Switch" program in Somerset to encourage people to switch to low carbon living. Active in reducing own household CO2 emissions.

Doug Hoffman: Retired Energy Efficiency Officer for a local authority.

Panel 3

Helen Deavin: Project manager, RSPB Eastern England Regional Office; has worked on the impacts of sea level rise on wildlife in the East of England.

Rev. David Hares: Domestic householder.

Glen Buckingham: Farm manager, own home uses energy efficient power. Involved with Parish Council and Parish Plan, member of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

Belinda James: Householder in a rural village. Runs own design and marketing business with partner. CRed is one of their clients.