A plan which will position Aberdeen as a climate positive city while helping to lead the world on the rapid shift to a net-zero future and support the global energy transition by leveraging its unique assets and capabilities has been approved. Members of Aberdeen City Council’s urgent business committee unanimously agreed the Net Zero City Vision paper which aims to deliver both environmental and economic benefits to the city. The plan positions Aberdeen as having to respond, as a city and place, to the environmental imperative and also considers its role as a world leader in the energy sector as an economic driver for the city, region, Scotland and the UK.
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York could become the first zero-emission city centre in the country after the lockdown is lifted, with only electric vehicles and bikes allowed within its walls. The tourist destination is already due to ban private car journeys by 2023, excluding those by disabled people. Its new objective came after Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said that the government wanted at least one city centre to be restricted to electric vehicles and bikes as part of a package to “change the way people travel”. He is investing £2 billion as part of efforts to create a “new era” for cyclists and walking, amid fears that coronavirus could spread across public transport as people return to work. York city council’s Labour group has written to its Liberal Democrat-led coalition to ask it to apply for the spotlight role. Jonny Crawshaw, a Labour councillor, said: “Though Grant Shapps isn’t a natural ally of Labour, we were pleased to hear how much government thinking on future transport policy chimes with the steps York has already begun to take towards a lower-car, low-carbon, people-friendly city. It’s been great to see more people, including many families, getting out and about on their bikes, exploring parts of the city they might not previously have felt safe venturing into on two wheels.”
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