Hull’s ambitions to lead the UK’s decarbonisation push will be explained next week.
Experts from the University of Hull, Hull City Council and Marketing Humber will share their journeys to cutting down on emissions at the Hull Carbon Neutral 2030 event.
It will focus on carbon neutral pledges made by both the university and city council. It will take place at the Guildhall in Alfred Gelder Street on Monday 9 March from 6pm to 8pm.
Martin Budd, environment and climate change strategic advisor at Hull City Council, Professor Dan Parsons, director at the university’s Energy and Environment Institute, and Marketing Humber chair Andy Parkinson will share their visions for a carbon neutral Hull at the event.
Hull City Council last summer declared a climate emergency and set a target for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030.
The plan is focused around core areas, including an extensive cycle network across Hull, housing renovation, investing in parks and green spaces and rolling out electric vehicle charging points.
Mr Budd, environment and climate change strategic advisor at Hull City Council, said: “The event on Monday provides an opportunity for residents to find out about the zero carbon approaches from the University of Hull, Humber Bondholders and Hull City Council.
“The council will highlight the emerging thinking on the 2030 Carbon Neutral Hull Strategy and the challenges and opportunities for the city and the steps taken over the past year to begin to address the decision by the council to set a 2030 zero carbon target.”
The university has set out an ambition to be carbon neutral by 2027, setting its sights on a transition to renewable sources of energy to power the campus and exploring technologies including storing energy from renewable sources on campus and using boilers that generate heat from biogas grown from plants.
Today we are announcing our ambitious plan to be carbon neutral by 2027.
Climate change is a man-made global disaster. Our commitment includes a range of measures leading towards a strong, sustainable future for all.
— University of Hull (@UniOfHull) November 28, 2019
Prof Parsons said: “The devastating fires in Australia and the flooding which has forced communities in East Yorkshire and across the UK out of their homes in the last few weeks are examples of the challenge we face in tackling the impacts of climate change.
“Here at the university, we are at the very forefront of finding the solutions needed to decarbonise society and become more resilient as the risk of extremes and flood events increases.”
Find more details on the event here.