The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has allocated £40m from the Mayoral devolution deal to tackle the climate change. The Climate Fund, which will come mostly from WYCA’s £1.8bn devolution deal with the Government, will be used to deliver the West Yorkshire Climate and Environment Plan. This maps out how the region will meet its net zero targets by 2038.
The plan considers a ‘maximum ambition pathway’, based on the emission reductions that could be achieved with a predominately electricity led approach to decarbonisation. This would include:
Meanwhile, a ‘high hydrogen pathway’ would require:
Meeting net zero targets in the region will require cutting transport emissions to “virtually zero”, says the WYCA. It would involve a “fundamental change” in travel behaviour, with “fewer journeys enabled by digital technology and and more of the journeys made being undertaken by public transport, cycling and walking”.
This, it says, will be driven by the West Yorkshire Connectivity Infrastructure Plan, which includes:
Cllr Tim Swift, chair of the WYCA’s climate, energy and environment committee, said: “The £40m climate allocation represents the single largest investment we have ever made into tackling one of the biggest issues we face – the climate and environment emergency.
“But this is only the start and now we need to work with our partners to secure the rest of the funding we need to deliver the plan in full to ensure everyone in our region benefits from the transition to a net zero carbon economy.
“That means making our homes warm and energy efficient, improving air quality, helping people get jobs in the green sector, making public transport more affordable and sustainable, and improving biodiversity.”
The authority has also set out is strategy for developing the region’s health innovation sector.
Tracy Brabin, the mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “I want everyone to be able to share the benefits of homes that are healthy, economical, and warm; workplaces that are more energy efficient; energy supply which is more local, clean, flexible and affordable; transport that is sustainable, integrated and low emission; nature and landscapes that are rich, diverse and improved; and places and people using resources efficiently whilst being ready and resilient to a changing climate.”
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