One-year climate plan reveals immediate actions as City Region strives to be zero-carbon by 2040

DOZENS of immediate actions to tackle the Climate Emergency are highlighted in a one-year plan set to be approved by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The Year One Climate Action Plan was drawn up to ensure ‘opportunities for early action are not missed’ as the city region strives to become zero-carbon by 2040.

The plan accepts choices made by individuals are vital to avoiding a climate emergency so includes education as well as an active travel campaign to encourage walking and cycling.

Individual choices will also be helped by strategic and infrastructure initiatives involving transport, waste, land use, energy and heat.

The Year One Climate Action Plan features projects that will either start, continue or finish during 2021/22 and includes:

  • Progressing the Mersey Tidal project
  • Purchasing 20 hydrogen fuelled double decker buses
  • A campaign to encourage Active Travel
  • Completing battery trials on the new, state-of-the art trains for the Merseyrail network
  • Identifying ways to help residents move to electric vehicles affordably
  • Continued delivery of 52.8km of cycle lanes and habitat improvements
  • Investing £11.38m to make around 1,120 homes more energy efficient
  • Securing gains in biodiversity through planting and habitat creation and management
  • Developing a Zero Waste 2040 strategy including plans to reach 55% re-use and recycling by 2025

The Combined Authority and its partners have already made major strides towards the vision of a globally competitive, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive city region.

These include recent housing strategies and an air quality action plan along with new electric buses, investing £1.26m in low carbon solutions, developing the Mersey Tidal Power project, improvements to the cycling and walking infrastructure, investing £500m in a brand-new fleet of efficient electric trains, introducing hydrogen buses and funding 10 environmental projects through the Combined Authority’s Future Innovation Fund to be completed in 2021.

In February this year, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram also revealed 58 projects that are benefiting from the £500,000 Community Environment Fund.

He said: “We were the first combined authority in the country to declare a climate emergency, have invested millions in green projects and have developed ambitious plans to be zero carbon by 2040 – a whole decade ahead of national targets. But I want to go further.

“This plan sets out the things we’re doing to tackle climate change and improve the environment in our area over the next twelve months. We still have a long way to go but this will be a big first step.”

The Year One plan is due to start next month with publication of a long-term Climate Action Plan in November.