A new project is underway for Leeds City Region to assess how it can decarbonise its transport sector and become a net zero carbon economy by 2038 at the latest. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership are working with partners in North Yorkshire to develop a Zero Carbon Transport Roadmap. It is part of a wider programme, the North & West Yorkshire Emission Reduction Pathway, which will identify policies and strategies needed to decarbonise all sectors including power, construction and industry.
The Roadmap aims to cover all forms of transport including buses, railways, cars, walking and cycling as well as taking into account forecasted changes to demand and capacity within communities across the city Region.
“Decarbonising our transport system is arguably one of the biggest challenges we face in realising our ambition to be a net zero carbon City Region by 2038 at the latest,” says Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and leader of Bradford Council. “This project will begin with a wide-ranging review of all our existing transport strategies and will then produce a timeline of actions needed in order to create a zero carbon transport system which works for everyone, regardless of where they live.”
The roadmap will cost £65,000 and is partly funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy through the North East, Yorkshire and Humber Local Energy Hub.
Simon Pringle, chair of the Combined Authority’s green economy panel, adds: “The North & West Yorkshire Emission Reduction Pathway is a really important programme which will help inform the decisions we need to take in order to rapidly reduce future emissions across the City Region as a whole.
“Not only will it focus on practical ways we can decarbonise our transport, housing and industrial sectors but it will also look at how we can improve air quality and address noise pollution which can have a really negative impact on peoples’ lives.”The results of the Zero Carbon Transport Roadmap project are expected to be published in May 2020.