York & North Yorkshire LEP are committed to tackle one of the biggest risks, and potential opportunities, to global and local economies now and in years to come – climate change. Our Local Industrial Strategy, informed by our Local Energy and Circular Economy strategies, put clean growth firmly alongside inclusivity in the vision for our future economy, and this is being fed forward into plans for a green recovery from the economic shock of Covid-19. We’ve worked with our partners to bring forth a dynamic ambition to be England’s first carbon negative region – carbon neutral by 2034 and carbon negative by 2040. With all ambitious targets, the next question is ‘what are we going to do to achieve this?’ – the Carbon Abatement Pathways study was commissioned to provide us with a series of pathways to understand the action required.

York & North Yorkshire LEP and West Yorkshire Combined Authority commissioned a large-scale study to provide technically robust pathways from our current regional emissions to net zero. The Carbon Abatement Pathways Study sets out pathways to carbon neutral and beyond across an integrated model of the five most carbon-intensive sectors – Buildings, transport, industry, power, and land use, land use change, forestry and agriculture. These pathways are used to then identify key milestones, decision points, policies and interventions that can drive the transition toward these outcomes, including timeframes of actions and roles of stakeholders in their delivery.

The four scenarios for transition to net zero have different speeds of decarbonisation due to varying levels of reliance on core existing and emerging technologies and alignment with other targets. These scenarios (Baseline, Max ambition, High hydrogen, and Balanced) were sense-checked by regional and national experts in the first part of the study, before the in-depth modelling of the sectors.

The scale of the challenge – what must happen by 2038 in the Max ambition scenario to meet climate targets?

The modelling was completed in June 2020 (draft outputs at bottom of page) and the study moved into its second task – identifying policy interventions that can translate the evidence base into real-world impacts. This task is being informed by extensive policy co-design, via sector-specific surveys and wash-up web sessions, occurring through July and August 2020.

The draft report will be complete by November 2020, at which point we will be seeking input on developing individual projects to take the recommendations and put them into an action-oriented Roadmap Towards Carbon Negative.

The final report will be complete early 2021, alongside a roadmap showing how the region will work together to deliver a carbon negative future for York & North Yorkshire.

Policy co-design process:

Policy-makers, business leaders and community leaders across Local Authorities, regional trade associations, public interest groups and major regional stakeholders are invited to contribute to this consultation. This involves:

  1. Completing one or more sector-specific surveys from 20th July to 7th August 2020, and
  2. Attending wash-up online workshops to discuss the consultation outputs further and reach consensus in specific areas (19th-24th August 2020). (Please note: you must complete the survey to join us for one of our workshop sessions).

If you’re interested in the survey or future roadmap development activities, including registering early interest for the Roadmap Towards Carbon Negative event on 23rd November 2020, please contact [email protected].

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Carbon Abatements Key Findings Report

Carbon Abatements Draft Technical Report

Carbon Abatements Glossary