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Liverpool submits £230 million green deal bid to government

Vision is focused on helping make the city carbon neutral, while also delivering jobs, clean air, better health, smarter travel, green spaces and cheap-to-heat homes.

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The vision is estimated to provide Liverpool with a £5bn economic boost over five years
The vision is estimated to provide Liverpool with a £5bn economic boost over five years

Liverpool has tabled a bid to the UK government for a £230m “green city deal” to tackle climate change and help boost the city’s economy post-Brexit.

 

The proposal would provide new skills and housing, which would transform the city through new powers and funding, creating 10,000 new jobs, supporting 35,000 people into work and training 4,000 apprentices.

 

£5bn economic boost

 

The vision – which it is estimated would provide a £5bn economic boost over five years – is focused on helping make the city carbon neutral, while also delivering jobs, clean air, better health, smarter travel, green spaces and warm and cheap-to-heat homes.

 

Like hundreds of other cities worldwide, the north-west England city has already declared a climate emergency and has appointed its first “climate champion” in the shape of Laura Robertson-Collins, councillor for Greenbank Ward, Liverpool City Council, who told SmartCitiesWorld in an interview for the City Lights section that "declaring is the easy bit".

 

"Delivering is, of course, extremely challenging and will involve everyone as individuals, employers and organisations. It will change how we all do things and we all must make sacrifices where needed," she said.

“Proposed city deal centres on positioning Liverpool as the go-to place for clean technology investment, training and job creation through an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy”

Liverpool’s vision is designed to shift the trajectory of the city’s economy in response to climate change while achieving clean inclusive growth, opportunities for all citizens and securing a long-term sustainable city for the future.

 

“We need to be bold, radical and ambitious if we are to meet our target of becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030,” said Joe Anderson, mayor for Liverpool.

 

“There are huge opportunities for us to improve the lives of all residents across the city, whatever their age or background, with better and more energy efficient housing, use of smart technology and making sure our young people have the right skills to take advantage of the jobs in these growth sectors.”

 

He continued: “This proposed city deal centres on positioning Liverpool as the go-to place for clean technology investment, training and job creation through an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy.”

 

Backed by businesses and trade union, Unite, it also aims to create economic opportunities with skills education which will allow workers of all ages to find employment in new industries created by a cleaner, greener economy.

 

If the proposal was accepted it would see:

  • incentives for the private sector to build more energy-efficient homes, with similar properties also forming part of the city’s council house building programme and its own housing company, Foundations;
  • the establishment of a Liverpool Mutual Bank to help people on to the housing ladder and support SMEs, particularly those in the green sector, to start up or expand;
  • a total of 6,000 lifetime standard homes built or retrofitted with energy saving features such as triple-glazing, smart energy meters, heating/light sensors to save householders money on their bills and tackle fuel poverty. There will also be energy generation and supply features such as solar panels, heat pumps and electric charging points where needed as well as business-to-business energy trading schemes;
  • a range of financial incentives for homeowners such as discounted ‘green’ mortgages, and potential council tax discounts for the most energy efficient homes;
  • the initiative would be linked to developing a local supply chain with businesses and their workforce able to design, install and maintain the technology used in carbon neutral homes, as well as capitalise on commercial opportunities it offers.

“I welcome this innovative approach from Liverpool to tackle some of the ingrained challenges behind making an inclusive and sustainable green economy for the city,” added Lord Deben, chair of the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change.

 

“It is only these permanent changes to the way we live and work that will allow us to deliver the necessary and urgent response we need to climate change.”

 

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