About °Climate East Midlands
Climate East Midlands was the climate change partnership for the East Midlands region between 2009 and 2015.
CEM brought together a range of local organisations that have responsibilities for or are interested in tackling different aspects of climate change. Acting collectively means that a more coordinated and coherent approach can be developed, which also adds value to each of our partners' own work. More importantly, it provides a single public face for climate change action in this part of the country and a better service to our customers.
We worked with a number of sectors to support them in adapting to climate risks and in mitigating their greenhouse gas emissions.
- Local Government
- Health Sector
- Private Sector
- Non Government Organisations
Our work was overseen by an Executive Panel most recently chaired by Cllr Neil Clarke, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council and member champion for climate change for East Midlands Councils and East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership. This reflected the rise in the importance of local government action in tackling the causes and consequences of climate change at the local level in the context of localism introduced by the Coalition Government in 2010.
Structure and Terms of Reference for Climate East Midlands (updated in October 2012)
1. Membership and Structure. Climate East Midlands was formalised as one of England’s nine regional climate change partnerships in 2009, but had existed in a more informal manner for some years previously. The membership and structure has evolved over time and is presently organised as follows. CEM is hosted by East Midlands Councils and employs two f/t staff, though the partnership and its work programme are supported in a variety of ways by other EMC staff with management, finance, procurement, HR, admin, IT, etc.
• Executive Panel
Brings together chairs and representatives of different sectoral groups (local government, health, private sector, environment NGOs) to provide overall direction and facilitate cross-sectoral dialogue
• Management Group
Brings together CEM’s principal funders and hosts (Environment Agency and East Midlands Councils) to support delivery of CEM work programme.
• Local Government Sector Group
Brings together climate change lead officers from the 9 city and county councils to share good practice and collaborate on climate related projects
• East Midlands NHS Sustainable Development Network
Brings together reps from the NHS Trusts across the East Midlands to share good practice and collaborate on carbon reduction projects
• East Midlands Mayday Network
Brings together businesses in the East Midlands as a virtual network, with a business-led steering group (supported by Business in the Community) – part of the Prince’s Mayday Network on Climate Change
• East Midlands Environment Link
Brings together reps from the non-governmental environmental environment sector in the East Midlands
2. Terms of reference for the Partnership (as a whole) are as follows:
2.1 The purpose of Climate East Midlands is to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change i.e. reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the region and improve the climate resilience of the East Midlands.
2.2 Climate East Midlands is an unincorporated association of partner organisations that work together to help local authorities, NHS trusts, the wider public sector, businesses and voluntary organisations to respond to the challenges of climate change.
2.3 This will be achieved through the delivery and review of an agreed annual action plan.
3. Terms of reference for the Executive Panel are:
3.1 To provide leadership to Climate East Midlands and build consensus between partner organisations and between sectors
3.2 To champion the work of the partnership and act as an ambassador within members’ own organisations and sectors
3.3 To oversee and help to drive local action on climate change
3.4 To endorse, support and monitor progress of an annual work programme
3.5 To help secure the financial resources needed to enable the partnership to provide a useful service to its members and stakeholders
3.6 To meet three times a year, with the chair’s role being an elected member from East Midlands Councils Executive Board.