Third Green Commission Hearing is being held on Tuesday 21st April at 5.30pm - 12 April 2015

We are pleased to inform you that the Green Commission will be holding its third hearing of evidence in public on Tuesday 21 April 2015. You are invited to join us from 5.30pm for a start at 6.00pm prompt. The event will be held at Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, Stoddart Building (for more information on the location please see below).

We are delighted to co-host this hearing with Sheffield Hallam University. The keynote speaker will be Professor Andy Gouldson, author of the mini-Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region who was able to demonstrate in this report the potential job creation and GVA growth from cost effective measures for energy bill and carbon reduction. It will feature evidence presented by two further stimulating expert witnesses who are harnessing the power of water to create fuel, energy storage and sustainable urban cooling. These issues cross-cut a number of Sheffield Green Commission themes including: Blue infrastructure, low carbon energy and resource efficiency, sustainable mobility and climate change adaptation and resilience.

The expert witnesses who will be speaking at this hearing are:

Professor Andy Gouldson

Deputy-Director, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Andy is author of “The Economics ofLow Carbon CitiesA Mini-Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region”

Andy is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist whose work combines aspects of geography and environment, politics and policy, economics and management and science and technology studies. He has nearly 20 years of experience working on a wide range of issues relating to environmental policy and management.

Andy is also:

Professor of Sustainability at the University of Leeds;

Leading project on the prospects for a low-carbon, climate-resilient regional economy for the Centre for Low Carbon Futures;

Visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong;

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society;

Editor of the journal Environmental Policy and Governance (formerly European Environment) since 1991.

Professor Cedo Maksimovic

Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professorial Research Fellow

After having worked for 24 years at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade and joining the EWRE Section in 1996 Professor Cedo Maksimovic created and heads the UWRG (Urban Water Research Group).

His research fields include applied fluid mechanics in urban water systems: storm drainage, urban flooding water supply and interactions of urban water systems and infrastructure with the environment. In addition to lecturing on the MSc and UG courses, Prof. Maksimovic serves as a project co-ordinator of EPSRC, EU and UNESCO projects in UK, and other projects in Europe and in other continents dealing with the above topics.

His current projects are:

■Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovations and Technology (EIT)’s project Blue Green Dream, ( ) dealing with interactions of urban water systems and urban vegetated areas

 ■EU Interreg programe’s project RainGain, ( dealing with short term urban rainfall and flood prediction.

Charles Purkess

Marketing & PR Manager, ITM Power

Charles joined ITM in November 2008, as Marketing and PR officer to raise the profile of ITM Power and its technology, highlighting its application for decarbonising transport and the built environment, to policy makers, industry and the media.

Prior to joining Charles spent 12 years in environmental consultancy specialising in environmental liability associated with hydrocarbons for the insurance, transport and fuel sectors.

The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Please note: This is a hearing held in public rather than a public meeting, therefore there will not be a public Q&A. The Commissioners will ask questions and receive answers from the expert witnesses in public.

There are 50 places reserved for members of the public who have joined the Green Commission mailing list. If you would like to attend, please register by e-mailing . Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Pre-Election Restrictions on Publicity (PERP)

I also need to remind anyone wishing to attend that we are in the pre-election period and therefore certain rules and restrictions apply. Please can I  ask for your support in ensuring that during this sensitive period, the Sheffield Green Commission remains impartial, independent and objective.

Venue Logistics:

The Stoddart Building is located on Arundel Gate (opposite the St Paul’s Tower). Map and directions via this link:

The Stoddart Building is a 5 minute walk uphill from Sheffield Train Station.

A number of bus and tram services serve the city centre – more information can be found on this journey planner

There is bicycle parking outside the Stoddart building and in the immediate vicinity.  Further cycle parking information can be found here


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