Risks and opportunities for UK’s net zero goal revealed

Published On: September 28, 2021Categories: Latest News1.7 min read

Sunderland set out its ambitions to be a carbon neutral city by 2040 earlier this year with the launch of its Low Carbon Framework

Research from the Social Market Foundation has revealed the local level risks and opportunities associated with the UK’s efforts to reach net zero by 2050.

The report ranked local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales by a number of factors, such as proximity to top universities; closeness to green business clusters; proximity to major developments and the population percentage of skilled workers.

Sunderland finished at the second spot due to its high proportion of workers in roles that are well positioned for transition, with over one in ten people in the city boasting the transferable skills required to help the UK achieve net zero.

Sunderland’s city council leader Coun Graeme Miller said: We all have a role to play in helping the UK meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040 and we’re delighted to learn all of the work we’ve put in over recent years – to position Sunderland as a leader in green energy – is starting to bear fruit.

From implementing our own low carbon action plan earlier this year, to working shoulder-to-shoulder with the private sector to attract businesses with a focus on creating highly skilled, green jobs, we’ve built a solid platform on which we can not only help tackle global warming, but also create an eco-system which nurtures sustainable economic growth, he said.

As we look to a cleaner, greener future, green jobs will play a key role in stimulating economic growth and we’re delighted with the work already being done to ensure Sunderland is best placed to capitalise on and drive this shift, he said.

Sunderland set out its ambitions to be a carbon neutral city by 2040 earlier this year with the launch of its Low Carbon Framework and a host of people and organisations from across the city have helped shape the agenda.

Sunderland City Council has already taken steps to help the problem head-on, with the submission of a £2.2million funding bid to central Government to develop a project with the potential to harness green energy from old mine workings and heat the city’s buildings.

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