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Assembly sets out carbon-neutral plan for Jersey

Assembly sets out carbon-neutral plan for Jersey

Tuesday 01 June 2021

Assembly sets out carbon-neutral plan for Jersey

Tuesday 01 June 2021

Creating a new Minister for Energy, a carbon-neutral bus service, and no new registrations of fossil-fuelled private cars after 2025 are among some of the recommendations in a new report published today, to help the island tackle climate change.

It's been put together by a Citizens’ Assembly and focusses on the island's two greatest sources of greenhouse gasses: transport and heating/cooling/cooking.

The Citizens’ Assembly was made up of 45 islanders who were randomly selected after 9,000 invitations were sent out to people asking them to register their interest.

Between March and May 2021, the group had 14 virtual meetings, during which they received briefings from members of a specialist Advisory Panel, chaired by Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society.

They were asked to make recommendations to the States Assembly on how the island should become carbon-neutral.


Pictured: The Assembly recommended that the bus service become carbon neutral by 2025.

The majority of the group echoed the Government's existing target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, providing a series of recommendations on how to deliver that.

These include making bus services carbon-neutral as well as more accessible and affordable by 2025, a ‘walking and cycling first’ transport model and an immediate and fair transition to low-carbon transport by 2030 that will ensure financial support for both low-income households and small businesses. According to the Assembly, fossil-fuelled private cars should be phased out, with no new registration of this type of vehicles after 2025.

The group is also suggesting the Government should support carbon reduction technologies for all modes of transport that are currently available immediately, with new technologies being introduced as soon as they become viable.

The Assembly is also recommending a focus on buildings, with Building Standards and Planning Law incorporating carbon neutral standards by 2023, the creation of Energy Performance Certificates and a retrofitting strategy for residential buildings by the end of 2022 to ensure the best energy efficiency. 


Pictured: Carbon neutral standards for buildings should be set by 2023.

A Minister for Energy, to be appointed no later than 2022 and advised by an independent expert panel, has also been recommended to take responsibility for the transition to becoming carbon-free by 2045 or sooner.

The group of 45 islanders is also inviting the Government to empower communities to become carbon-neutral by creating policy and funding frameworks for communal power generation and energy efficiency measures related to heating, cooling and cooking.

The States Assembly will have an initial debate of the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations in July. Once the Government has published its Carbon Neutral roadmap, islanders will be invited to share their views before it is debate in the States Assembly in Spring 2022.

To read the full report, click HERE, and follow Express tomorrow for in depth analysis. 

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Posted by Simon Langlois on
Let's hope that our States Members will respect and support all the outcomes of this independent process.

Some aspects may be unpopular with some voters, but the Climate Crisis is too important an issue for them to allow their personal concerns over re-election to cloud their judgement. They need to do the right thing.
Posted by Harry Read on
If the States really believe that they can stop the registration if petrol and diesel cars from 2025 they had better come up with a scheme that helps the buyer. An electric version of a petrol car costs roughly £10,000 more - all that will happen is there will be an ever increasing number of "old" cars on the road.
Posted by Guy de Faye on
As if things weren't bad enough, our elected representatives appear to have handed over initial policy decision making to a "Citizens Assembly".
For B'Express  readers unfamiliar with this political vehicle it is a "random Politburo" established under Trotskyist political activism concepts. 

None of these unelected individuals actually speak for anyone else - except the Government of Jersey (Civil Service Section) - which will have provided intensive briefings and guidelines prior to asking for any decisions. This is to establish the senior officer's preferred policy direction.

The concept of a Minister for Energy helpfully underlines the aimless nature of this exercise. As everything requires Energy, presumably this appointment trumps the Chief Minister. Alternatively, what are the inclusions and limitations of this new portfolio??

The general approach seems to harbour the familiar "world leading approach" by Jersey to the Climate Emergency, which is utterly delusional.
Are there really people in Jersey, other than foot stamping politicians, who think that countries around the globe are waiting - with bated breath and high expectations - to see what Jersey does next?? Of course not.

Predictably, all the aspirational schemes - carbon neutral bus service and scrapping of combustion driven vehicles - will impact most heavily on the less well off - so, at least, government policy remains consistent. 

In case you missed it, the Climate Emergency has already happened and if you believe it is all down to CARBON, it's time to do a bit more research. Clue for early learners - how does plastic get into the oceans?

What we have in hand is a PR exercise from a government of UK carpetbaggers that is abusing our community for self enrichment. Time to lighten the load on local taxpayers!!
Posted by Jon Jon on
Jersey trying to run before it can walk, saying in four years time no petrol or diesel cars can be sold ,new registrations ,can't see that happening.December 2024 could be a busy month for the car dealer. Are these so called green people going to refrain form jumping on a plane or boat to go on holiday? I doubt it!
Posted by Keith Marsh on
"assembly members talked about the importance of setting
an ambition to work towards" and then set targets that WILL be impossible to meet.
A extra Minister for Energy and a an independent expert panel ~ Costings for this don't seem to be part of this "green wave policy" ~ someone will have to pay for this.
This assembly needs to come back down to earth ~ and work out the realistic steps that are achievable ~ the way things are looking, especially when France cuts off our Electricity is dire.
Whilst everyone could do their bit ~ including no more flights into or out of the Island and the scrapping of the fast ferry ~ do we really want this ?
Posted by Alex Fearn on
Thanks for sharing this important update. From your information I now know that this group of 45 volunteers were briefed by a special advisory panel. Who else made up the panel apart from the Professor ? Also it would be good to ensure the elephant in the room - i.e. no other current option but to use the roads - gets more emphasis. It is difficult to understand the priority of the 45 only suggesting that the viability of introducing trams is only looked at whereas the 45 want to Introduce legislation to ensure a 'walking and cycling-first' transport model. Should it not be the other way round ? We all want a viable alternative to car use. A final point about economics - how will this all be funded ?
Posted by Scott Mills on
read "randomly selected" as "random guided"
Posted by Private Individual on
These people have no idea about living in the real world.

China, India, America, and the UK are in the top 10 for polluting, what chance has Jersey got in adding to any difference in the big scheme of things?

Jersey's main problem which is the big fat elephant in the room is mass immigration adding to all our problems. Stop the immigration and you stop people driving cars, they do not drive themselves!

Most of these recommendations are absolute nonsense, do you really think all the construction companies are going to buy electric trucks to deliver concrete for the new hospital? Or the thousands of other building projects that are in the government's pipeline.

No, they are not it is the average working-class person who will end up paying more taxes to offset carbon emissions.

These plans need to go in the bin where they belong.
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