Two new campaigns have taken big next steps in the UK to deliver zero-carbon results, with the city of Bristol in the southwest launching a search for a partner to develop the country’s first carbon neutral city, and the Humber region in the country’s north launching its campaign to deliver the UK’s first net-zero carbon cluster. The Bristol City Council in partnership with Bristol Energy, the city’s energy company, launched the Bristol City Leap last year, an ambitious project intended to deliver a zero-carbon, smart energy city by 2030. This week, Bristol City Leap has launched a global search to deliver up to £1 billion (AU$1.8 billion) of investment into the project, creating a joint venture to support the delivery of the UK’s first carbon neutral city. On the same day that Bristol’s City Leap launched its search for a financial partner, a new campaign was launched at the other end of the country to turn the Humber region into the country’s first net-zero carbon cluster. The Zero Carbon Humber campaign was launched by leading energy companies Drax Group, Equinor, and National Grid Ventures, in partnership with Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and CATCH, a trade body for industrials in the Humber region. The campaign was launched in response to the UK Government’s ambition to establish the first net-zero carbon industrial cluster in the UK by 2040.
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