Climate Minister Claire Perry has said the public sector can be an “incredible agent for change” by leveraging local expertise to find the right solutions to drive the UK’s low-carbon economy. Delivering a keynote speech at The Carbon Trust’s Low Carbon Cities event in London last week, Perry acknowledged the vital role that cities and regions can play in helping to deliver the clean growth pillar of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. She called on public-sector sustainability professionals to utilise their knowledge on local issues such as energy resources and infrastructure to deliver on the long-term decarbonisation blueprint set out by the Government. Perry cited several examples of leadership at a local level, including Leeds, which has proposed converting its natural gas grid to a hydrogen grid by 2026, and Oxford, which plans to introduce the world’s first zero-emission zone in 2035. Earlier this week, the UK100 network of Local Government leaders announced that more than 80 UK towns and cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow have committed to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050. This came on the same day that CDP research found that more than 100 global cities are now sourcing at least 70% of their electricity from renewables sources. Nevertheless, domestic progress on climate action has been hampered somewhat by financial constraints.
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