A group of Mayors, business leaders, and universities from the north west of England have announced the formation of a new group designed to mobilise £500m of investment in support of the government’s plans to create a low carbon industrial cluster in the UK. The group is being led by Richard Carter, chairman of the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) and managing director of BASF for the UK, and has the backing of Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. The group is hoping to secure the designation as the UK’s first Low Carbon Industrial Cluster, which the government last year announced it wants to have in place by 2030. The initial cluster would then be accompanied by a net zero cluster by 2040.
Business Green 15th March 2019 read more »
Bristol City Council has hit its climate targets two years early, with solar playing a crucial role. The council has reduced carbon emissions from its direct activities by 65%, an aim it initially wanted to achieve by 2020. It’s the second year running that the council has exceeded its carbon targets, with 2018 seeing record high solar energy production from its 4.2MW Avonmouth solar park. During the 2017/18 period, the council saw 21GWh of energy generated by solar, wind and biomass, with a 71% reduction of carbon emissions against a 2005 baseline.
Solar Power Portal 14th March 2019 read more »