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North West leaders set out bold vision for net zero by 2040

 

 

Leaders from Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, and Cheshire and Warrington sub-region joined business groups and energy infrastructure providers to outline net zero goals at the Net Zero Launch Event: The Road to Cop26. The North West is the first UK region to have a cohesive vision to reach net zero by at least 2040, including development of an energy masterplan.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Today is about showing the power and potential of a whole region pulling in the same direction to tackle the climate emergency. Together, we hope to build a movement to make the North West the country’s leading force in the zero-carbon economy.

“If we get serious now about the climate crisis, it will also help us tackle the post-pandemic jobs crisis. There are tens of thousands of good green jobs just waiting to be created across the North West – in retrofitting our buildings, modernising our energy systems, and decarbonising our transport. Now is absolutely the time to make that happen.

“We are outlining our vision to achieve a net zero North West by at least 2040 – 10 years ahead of the national target. Benchmarks like these not only give us something to aim at – they also demand meaningful commitments and urgent action. All of us gathered today are already taking that action, working together and developing detailed energy and environment plans for our places which can meet our collective ambitions.

“Come November, when all eyes are on the COP26 in Glasgow, we want to show the world that the North West of England is ready once again to lead an industrial revolution – this time a green one.”

 

You can view the whole event on Youtube.

 

Speakers at the event were:

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
– Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
– Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader, Cheshire West and Chester Council, and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Board Member
– Carl Ennis, Chief Executive of Siemens plc and Chair of Net Zero North West
– Peter Emery, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity North West Limited
– Steve Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Cadent Ltd
– Frank Mitchell, CEO, SP Energy Networks

 

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Today is about showing the power and potential of a whole region pulling in the same direction to tackle the climate emergency. Together, we hope to build a movement to make the North West the country’s leading force in the zero-carbon economy.

“If we get serious now about the climate crisis, it will also help us tackle the post-pandemic jobs crisis. There are tens of thousands of good green jobs just waiting to be created across the North West – in retrofitting our buildings, modernising our energy systems, and decarbonising our transport. Now is absolutely the time to make that happen.

“We are outlining our vision to achieve a net zero North West by at least 2040 – 10 years ahead of the national target. Benchmarks like these not only give us something to aim at – they also demand meaningful commitments and urgent action. All of us gathered today are already taking that action, working together and developing detailed energy and environment plans for our places which can meet our collective ambitions.

“Come November, when all eyes are on the COP26 in Glasgow, we want to show the world that the North West of England is ready once again to lead an industrial revolution – this time a green one.”