Report underlines opportunities for decarbonising Northern England
The recently released Net-Zero North report, produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) puts forward the establishment of regional ‘carbon budgets’ in order to help the UK shift towards a decarbonised society through a focus on the regional level.
The report makes particular reference to the North of England’s economy, which is much more carbon intensive than the average for the rest of the country. The devolution of carbon budgets gives the opportunity to create wider socioeconomic benefits for regions through the creation of low-carbon jobs and products.
Moving forward, the findings highlight opportunities to fulfil the economic potential of the North through the extending of the region’s existing low-carbon services and strong record on renewable energy generation, currently responsible for nearly half of the country’s supply.
The zero-carbon transition is both a challenge and opportunity for many areas across the North, including Manchester. Enhancing the role of stakeholders within the city is key to driving progress towards the goals of decarbonisation. Furthermore, the report echoes several areas identified as key to work towards Manchester’s aims of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050.