What is ‘Net Zero’?

‘Net Zero Carbon’ means dramatically reducing the amount of carbon we emit and then physically removing any remaining emissions, effectively cancelling them out. So as a result, we don’t add to the amount of carbon in our atmosphere.

Why is it needed?

A ‘Year One’ Climate Action Plan was originally implemented to undertake initial steps towards becoming net zero. However, a longer-term strategy is needed and following a summer of engagement in 2021 with residents of the LCR, we’ve developed a Pathway to Net Zero, which sets out the scale of the challenges, and our strategic vision to meeting this goal.

What does it mean for our city region?

For net zero carbon to happen, we need to make significant changes to four areas of our shared lives; our homes, our neighbourhoods, the journeys we make and our workplaces. Net Zero North West estimate that Liverpool City Region needs around £45bn investment over the next 20 years to deliver the carbon reductions we need, securing jobs and growing new green skills.

What happens next?

All six Local Authorities in the Liverpool City Region have declared a Climate Emergency and all are taking targeted, local action on hundreds of different aspects of the climate challenge. From LED streetlights, energy efficient homes to zero carbon vehicles, sharing creative ideas and lessons learned is already helping the whole city region to make faster progress to achieve net zero carbon.

Our next stage is to work collaboratively with all partners and stakeholders across the city region to co-create a comprehensive action plan against which short term and long term progress can be measured. Our Pathway document outlines the work that must be done in order to achieve our net zero target. There are major changes and investments we must make to help save the planet, and working collaboratively is crucial.

Read our Pathway document
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Topline Report:

Summary findings bringing together all engagement and research activity from both the general population and young people.

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Youth engagement report:

Full findings from just the youth element of the research and engagement.

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At home report:

Full findings of the engagement and research around visions for our homes in a Net Zero Carbon future.

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In the workplace report:

Full findings of the engagement and research regarding how our work and workplaces could look in a Net Zero Carbon future.

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In our neighbourhoods report:

Full findings of the engagement and research that took place in relation to how our neighbourhoods could look in a Net Zero Carbon future.

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Transport and travel report:

Full findings of the engagement and research around visions for how transport and travel could look in a Net Zero Carbon future.

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