A major study jointly launched by the North of England’s eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) has set out the North’s strategically-important role in helping the UK to meet its climate targets.
The report was launched in Hull at a special two-day conference on 5-6 November hosted by the group of LEPs, which has been dubbed the ‘NP11’.
The NP11, which covers 76 local authority areas across the North of England and describes itself as the “business-led voice for the North”, believes the region can make a huge contribution to the UK’s 2050 net zero carbon goal in areas such as offshore wind, nuclear, carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen.
Together, the eleven LEPs have set out a vision to:
• Reduce the region’s carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2032 against 2005 levels
• Add more than £2 billion per year to the region’s energy economy by 2050
• Create around 100,000 new green jobs by 2050.
‘The North can deliver’
Roger Marsh OBE, chair of NP11 said: “The North is at the forefront of the UK’s response to the growing climate emergency; transforming our significant energy assets to drive a clean growth revolution for the benefit of the environment, our people and the UK economy. Our industry, our capabilities, our energy infrastructure and our location makes the North ideally placed to lead the UK’s journey to becoming net zero carbon.
“Fuelling this are strong partnerships between local government, academic institutions, local communities and industry, driven through our Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships as NP11.
“Our report outlines the possibilities and strengths in low carbon energy, processes, and business the North can deliver – as it has before – the changes needed to build an economy that balances environmental sustainability with increased opportunity for the North and beyond.”
Posted under General Interest on 20 November 2019