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Pathway to Net Zero

In 2019, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram declared a Climate Emergency and set an ambitious target to reach net zero carbon by 2040 or sooner. Our Pathway document sets out our strategic vision as to how we can achieve this.

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.


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

Youth engagement

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

At home

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

In the workplace

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

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.

Transport and travel

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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