People in Yorkshire and the Humber are encouraged to have their say on the region’s Decarbonisation Strategy at an online public consultation event next month.
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.
Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council and Transport for the North board member said: “This is a real collaborative effort for northern cities to come together and be part of the solution in tackling how transport can be decarbonised.
“We understand that the Humber port is a leading producer of carbon, which is why we have already been looking at ways to position it as the green energy estuary of the north.
“In addition, we need to look at more radical solutions to solve this issue. This could include the electrification of the rail line into Hull, but even furthermore between the two Hull and Liverpool ports for critical freight services.
“What’s clear is that we need to consider the narrative around this, and the economic opportunities that decarbonisation can pose for businesses in the region.
“Decarbonisation is something that needs to be accessible to everyone.”
To help people find out more and have the chance to ask questions, TfN is hosting an online event at 2pm on Monday 12 July. It takes place via Zoom and is free to attend – people should register in advance.
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
Councillor Hale continued: “Decarbonisation is linked to climate change and we the local authority has already committed to the ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.”