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North West residents urged to attend online event and have their say on decarbonisation plans


North of England Decarbonisation Strategy sets out ambitious targets for near-zero surface transport carbon by 2045

People in the North West are encouraged to have their say on the region’s Decarbonisation Strategy at an online public consultation event next week.

The draft strategy, developed by the region’s political and business leaders through Transport for the North, sets out the ambitious goal of achieving near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045.

To help people find out more and have the chance to ask questions, TfN is hosting an online event at 2pm on Wednesday 14 July. It takes place via Zoom and is free to attend – people should register in advance at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decarbonisation-strategy-consultation-webinar-north-west-tickets-157232844671

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “If we are going to tackle the climate emergency, we need to work together and make sure we are all pulling in the same direction.

“Accelerating towards a decarbonised transport network must be at the heart of public policy making and investment decisions going forward, and I’m glad that the North is leading the way with this strategy as it will support Greater Manchester’s own ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2038.

“I would urge all residents to give their views in this consultation to shape the future of more sustainable transport and travel in the North.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and TfN Vice Chair, said: “In 2019, following consultation with residents, Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a climate emergency. We pledged to work to make the borough carbon neutral by 2045, and the Council carbon neutral by 2030.

“Next week, delegates at the Cheshire West and Chester: Developing a World Class Location for Net Zero Growth conference, will hear about the potential for the Ellesmere Port Industrial Area to fast track the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution and help to achieve the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

“Transport plays a major role in these targets, we have just installed 29 new electric vehicle (EV) charge points to help residents, businesses and the Council to start making the switch to electric vehicles.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “In the Liverpool City Region, we’re committed to doing everything we can to tackle climate change, including doubling the number of green jobs in the region, going net zero carbon a decade before national targets and taking action to radically green our transport network.

“We know that we cannot tackle climate change alone, so it’s fantastic to see communities from across the North coming together to combine our efforts and do our bit. As ever, we are leading the way and setting an example for the rest of the country to follow.

“I’d encourage everybody to have your say and make sure that we are doing everything we can to make transport across the North cleaner, greener and more sustainable.”

Tim Wood, Interim Chief Executive at Transport for the North, said: “Reducing carbon across our region’s transport network is an essential part of tackling the climate emergency – one of the greatest challenges of our time. We’re thrilled to be consulting a strategy for the whole region that outlines how rapid progress can be made and how the North can lead the UK in slashing carbon emissions.

“We urge everyone across the North East to get involved in this vital work and provide their views to the consultation, helping to shape future transport networks that are not only efficient and reliable, but are sustainable too.”

To find out more and respond to the consultation visit: www.transportforthenorth.com/decarbonisation. The consultation closes at 12:00 on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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