Working towards sustainability is not the responsibility of only a single organisation. It is the responsibility for all organisations from small businesses to global multi-nationals, and from local to national government.
As a community leader, Hampshire County Council demonstrated its strong commitment to sustainability by voluntarily signing up to the Aalborg Commitments in June 2004. These commitments provide a framework for the County Council to put sustainability at the heart of its business and services and look at social, economic and environmental issues together. The information below gives more detail on what we are doing.
Hampshire County Council signed up to the Aalborg Commitments in 2004 to provide us with a sustainability performance framework. There are 50 Commitments split under the 10 themes:
Local management towards sustainability
Natural common goods (including energy, water, soils, air, biodiversity)
Responsible consumption and lifestyle choices
Planning and design
Better mobility, less traffic
Local action for health
Vibrant and sustainable local economy
Social equity and justice
Local to global (including climate change)
HCC developed it's own evidence-based self-assessment methodology, which has been ratified by the Audit Commission.
The methodology was last applied in 2009 and resulted in HCC Sustainability Score to be 2.18 out of 4. This compares to the Sustainability Score of 2.02 out 4 compiled using a similar methodology in 2006. The score indicates a corporate sustainability performance punctuated by areas of excellence, but with room for year-on-year improvements.
Members chose a particular improvement priority of Aalborg Commitment #2.4 - "Ensure that sustainability issues are central to decision-making processes and that resource allocation is based on strong and broad sustainability criteria."
By 2016 the aim is to achieve the vision by evidencing significant improvement in our sustainability score to be 3 out of 4 by 2016.
Climate Change has been identified by Members as one of the biggest single threats to achieving the sustainability vision.
Hampshire County Council recognises that there is much we can do to improve our sustainability performance, but we are also proud of many areas that are showing how things can be done. These include:
Ashburton Court Refurbishment - The refurbishment has efficiency and sustainability at its core, and will deliver energy reductions and, through increased utilisation, reduce the number of offices the County Council occupies in its Winchester HQ.
Aggregate Waste Recycling - Increased recovery of aggregate from construction and general waste.
Everest Community College - The inspirational Everest Community College and Youth Service Buildings providing community facilities in Basingstoke were completed in July 2007.
Hampshire Fare - provides a professional support service to businesses involved in producing, growing , rearing or selling Hampshire food, drink and craft.
Highway Verges Project - Road Verges of Ecological Importance and the Road Verge Project – maintaining Hampshire’s road verges to benefit biodiversity
Horrill Centre - The Horrill Centre: New well-being and day opportunity centre
Merton Rise - Merton Rise in Basingstoke is an exciting eco build opportunity with a parcel set asside for a number of dwellings to be build at the forefront of sustainable design.
Minstead Study Centre - Minstead Study Centre offers earthlings of all ages a living /learning experience of how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle..generally how to be a Good Human being!
Orchard Close - Orchard Close introduces sustainability initiatives to improve the quality of life for guests and staff.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park - Queen Elizabeth Country Park’s environmental achievements include eco-centre and green flag status.
Recyclear, North Walls Move - Library Headquarters Relocation Project: Environmental clearance
Romsey Primary School and Nursery - Refurbishment and new-build extension to form a more sustainable primary school on the site of existing Romsey Junior School.
School Travel Plans - A School Travel Plan aims to improve safety, health and the environment, and where possible, promote sustainable travel to all who travel to and from school
Sustainable Business Partnership - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Sustainable Business Partnership (SBP) supports businesses in adopting more sustainable practices as part of their activities.
Term Highways Contract - The Term Highways Contract features innovative solutions at its core to promote sustainable service delivery.