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Colleagues who are using LES as a best practice model within their organisation.

Nigel Jenkins

Nigel JenkinsProject Development Officer for Sussex Air Quality Partnership (Sussex-air)
and Regional Champion for the Sussex Low Emission Strategies Regional Group

Nigel has been involved in air quality and climate change for over 14 years, working within the public and private sectors. Since joining Sussex-air 6 years ago, he has developed and delivered regional and EU projects, trained officers, lead seminars, meetings and become a member of several expert committees on air quality in the UK.

Nigel is the Regional Champion for the Sussex Low Emission Strategies Regional Group, which also includes Lewes District Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Chichester District Council, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Worthing Borough Council, Adur District Council, Environmental Protection UK and Climate South East.

What are you seeking to achieve in your Regional Group in 2010 (vision, outcomes, activities)?

Our aim is to enable air quality and climate change professionals to engage with the development of a low emission strategy for Sussex with regional strategic, transport and land-use planning authorities. The initiative will enable the partnership to ‘link-in’ air quality and climate change into the local development framework process to ensure that these two key elements are a consideration for further planning policy, which are key to delivering a low emission strategy.

What will your role be in developing this?

As the Regional Champion, my role is to engage and connect with the key policy and planning professionals throughout the region, to raise awareness and get buy-in for the concept of low emission strategies.

What do you see as the key benefits of working with the Low Emission Strategies Partnership?

The LES Partnership has provided £20k funding to cover some of our time and costs in working on this initiative. They are also providing technical expertise and guidance. One of the most important benefits is the access that we will have to the network of other local authorities working on Low Emission Strategies. We are really looking forward to sharing ideas and approaches.

Why are low emission strategies important for Sussex?

We need to be more strategic about dealing with air quality and climate change at a regional level. Low Emission Strategies provide an opportunity for local authorities to make a real difference through the planning system. The diversity of environments that we have in Sussex makes it an interesting case study. We’ll need to consider congested towns, remote rural communities lacking in sufficient public transport, and strategic highway networks under increasing transport pressure. The new South Down National Park and Shoreham Harbour (one of the government’s recently backed eco towns) also fall within the catchment. It is an opportune time to take stock, and to develop and implement a low emission strategy for the region.

Any advice for colleagues keen to adopt LES in their authorities?

We have just set out on the path, but the key step so far has been for air quality / climate change professionals to engage with planners, to understand the planning frameworks and systems. This is crucial to develop a joint understanding of the potential role for planning-based low emission strategies in reducing air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.

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