Residents living in the North West are being encouraged to have their say on the region’s new Decarbonisation Strategy.
The drafted plans made by Transport for the North set out ambitious targets for ‘near-zero surface transport carbon by 2045’ to help address climate change in the area.
The survey highlights the region’s enthusiasm to tackle carbon emissions, aiming to go above and beyond the UK government’s national Clean Air Strategy, which has set stringent targets to cut to cut emissions by 2020 and 2030.
Air pollution currently accounts for 1200 deaths every year in Greater Manchester and can cause a range of illnesses and health conditions.
The first ever North of England #Decarbonisation Strategy is open for consultation.
It brings together the region’s leaders to speak out with one voice on the climate emergency.
— Transport for the North (@Transport4North) June 21, 2021
Among the potential areas of focus for the North West include an increase in zero-emission vehicles (with a network of charging facilities), the decarbonisation of the rail network through electrification, the use of alternative fuel vehicles and an increase in the use of public transport.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “If we are going to tackle the climate emergency, we need to work together and make sure we are all pulling in the same direction.
“Accelerating towards a decarbonised transport network must be at the heart of public policy making and investment decisions going forward, and I’m glad that the North is leading the way with this strategy as it will support Greater Manchester’s own ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2038.
“I would urge all residents to give their views in this consultation to shape the future of more sustainable transport and travel in the North.”
To read the full strategy and have your say, click here. The consultation closes at 12:00 pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021.
TfN is also hosting an online event at 2 pm on Wednesday 14 July over Zoom to provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and find out more.