Transport body appoints green strategist

A climate change officer has been hired by Merseyside Transport Partnership to help it reach its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 31% by 2022.

Sarah Jolly, who lives in Halewood and has a masters degree in environmental management, joined MTP after a two-year spell at Envirolink Northwest. She will support existing work taking place across the region to address climate change by helping reduce the impact of transport on carbon emissions. Her particular focus will be the preparation of the climate change strategy for the next Local Transport Plan (LTP3), which will run from 2011.

Working in partnership with local, regional, national and European bodies, Jolly will develop integrated, low-carbon transport solutions for the region. Jolly will help Merseyside to meet national climate change targets and become the UK's biggest low carbon goods and services city-region economy.

Jolly said: "Climate change is a very topical issue and an exciting area to be involved in. MTP is already placing climate change at the heart of its work to support the continuing regeneration of the City Region, which is fantastic news.

"My focus is on preparing a strategy for the submission of the next draft Local Transport Plan (LTP3) in March 2011 – it's really satisfying to know that my work will have a clear influence of the future direction of climate change policy for Merseyside."

Neil Scales, chairman of Merseyside Transport Partnership and chief executive of Merseytravel, said: "The need for climate change action overall, and from the transport sector in particular, has been growing in recent years. Work taking place at a local level across the region is helping Merseyside work towards its targets for climate change and carbon reduction and is already playing an important part in shaping national and regional policies."

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