2nd Yorkshire and Humber Climate Change Conference – 15th November – Simon Gibbon

I attended the 2nd Yorkshire Post Climate Change Conference, this is The Yorkshire Post’s climate change conference rather than a conference on Yorkshire after climate change.

Last year it was the launch event of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Change Commission’s Climate Action Plan, this year they launched their Climate Pledge.

You can find the YHCC Climate Action Plan here – https://yorksandhumberclimate.org.uk/climate-action-plan

Yorkshire and Humber Climate Pledge here – https://yorksandhumberclimate.org.uk/yorkshire-humber-climate-action-pledge

These are my rough notes, hopefully they might be useful.  Lots of things going on focus was mainly in other parts of Yorkshire not much on North Yorkshire, and few listed delegates from North Yorkshire, only a couple of whom I talked to.

Evidence of SMEs/3rd sector organisation doing good things, councils who have implemented clean air zones and seem to get energy efficient housing, plus a lot of excitement about the big investments in hydrogen around Yorkshire and the carbon dioxide from CCS on Teesside and Humber being pushed into the Endurance field off Yorkshire.

No mention of different plan levels i.e. YNYLEP.

Yorkshire Post Climate Change Summit Leeds 15 November

Compere Paul Hudson – Introduction – BBC Climate Correspondent – Geophysics graduate Newcastle

Survey young people what matters – 1 mental health – 2 climate crisis

Met office 1993 taught climate change – Margaret Thatcher 1990 championed climate change at the UN

Weather has always broken records, normally as many low as high, but 80s 90s more on high side by 0.1 degrees, now by 5.5 degrees – hence serious situation – West Yorkshire biggest margin of any station 5.8 degrees.

Pacific NW Canada 2021 5 degrees, south east Asia huge monsoons, Sheffield long record back to 1882 3 wettest years since 2000, Yorkshire driest year in 130 years of Yorkshire Water records.

Paul Hudson has 115k followers on Twitter – but this year climate change deniers have disappeared – has physical experience shut them up – good outcome of climate extremes.

Paul experienced the 1990’s Met Office was part of MoD, wanted to make it commercial, change meant opportunity – revolution in green technology hence huge opportunities.

Panel: The current climate – Overview of our global national and regional postion

Prof Suraje Dessai, University of Leeds, co-champion of the UK Climate Resilience Programme

Limited progress since Glasgow – Climate Action Tracker – 1.2 degrees, action get to 2.7, linear extrapolation in next 10 years breach 1.5 degrees, climate.copernicus.eu – already observing climate change world huge red areas have had record breaking temperatures even this year of El Niño, UK over 40 degrees, big climate impact warped rails, heat related deaths, wildfires, reservoir empty, etc plus novel risks

What to do 2008 climate change act resulted in reduction, but how do we adapt

CC risk assessments – internal / eternal risks – heat death present 2000, 2C 7000, 4C 13000 – if we don’t adapt, future flood risks – York, wildfire risks – Perry et al 2021.

CCC Climate Change Committee’s traffic light grid shows both low progress and low quality – coastal flood risk ok.

Benefit-cost ratios of adaptation measures included in CCRA3.

Readiness for storms ahead? Critical National infrastructure in an age of climate change – Joint committee on national security strategy

Mitigation – international, national, local – political leadership

Need to have a public discussion about this – what are we going to loose coast, versus cost to protect – finance

Rosa Foster, co-director of YHCC and Environment Manager / Engagement Manger – Environment Agency – A regional perspective – EA

Climate resilience, net-zero, just and inclusive transition, nature and ecology

Y&H Climate Action Pledge – https://yorksandhumberclimate.org.uk/sign-yorkshire-humber-climate-action-pledge

Series of delivering impact sessions – adaptation, future economy, net zero, lu – outputs on climate place platform – youth, faith in the environment, local councils – climate action coalition, Yorkshire eco business network, Universities and Y-PERN – https://yorkshireuniversities.ac.uk/y-pern/, aviation, Y & North Lincs parliamentary committee

Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission is funded to March 2024, what happens then?

Human challenges – acknowledgement and acceptance – very personal – analogy – earth closed system – human body – mild high temp achy paracetamol – 1.5C off work – 2.5C seriously ill – 3C in hospital; ability to respond at speed and scale – Baroness brown – 2021; ownership and accountability

Are the mitigation measures being discussed really climate resilient?

Are you ready for the challenges that living with a rapidly changing climate will bring? Home, work, leisure, what more could you do?  Who could you collaborate with?

Oliver Coppard – Mayor of South Yorkshire

3 things – none of this is easy but clear we have to do it, still have the ability now to influence what the future will look like, not technical certainty that we could do it in the past but now it is, so require political will, from people like me – mayors, policiticians, skill shortage – no retrofit, public transport doesn’t work, are government going to fund us to do nature recovery.

  1. Can’t do it to people, need to do it with people, South Yorkshire climate assembly – what do we do, what do we spend our money on, closing down Doncaster-Sheffield airport – Mayor battling to save our airport.
  2. Opportunity in the challenge – drive forward with low carbon aerospace, past challenges deindustrialisation and austerity, labour £28billion on low carbon investment, AMRC in Sheffield, create jobs and growth.

Slightly terrified but hopeful South Yorkshire will be at the forefront of change

Change can’t be a shock – Doncaster Sheffield Airport closure was a shock only 18 hour notice, level up our country Heathrow over capacity, lots of jobs loss etc..

Yorkshire and Humber highest risk for flooding – geography plus infrastructure plus where we have chosen to build.

1.5 by 2036 – we can’t keep to this, so revert back to 2 – monumental task – but we have technology need the political will.  Peak at 2 bring it down quickly – in fact have to go carbon negative rapidly for a long time.  Big changes in transport and agriculture.

Economic development and investment to accelerate Yorkshire’s business sustainability strategy

Alan Bastey – Zenith Intelligent Vehicle Solutions

160k vehicles managed

Build incrementally more sustainable business – take all stakeholders with us

Sustainability at heart of business – key to all actions.

International commissions joined EV100 – https://www.theclimategroup.org/about-ev100

2021 carbon neutral, science based target initiative being worked out

Can’t just change all cars electric, must reduce travel

Need to sell longer life service – keep fewer vehicles on the road longer

Increasing regulation and risk ahead – collaboration with suppliers, aligning objectives with suppliers and customers.

Global politics getting harder, but commercial opportunities getting easier – customer demand

Andy Gouldson – Economic development and investment in Yorkshire and Humber
UK Infrastructure Bank & co-director YHCC

CCC say need 1% investment of GDP per year for NZ – 1.4 billion a year

Last year – total energy bill gone up 9billion to 18.6 billion, energy efficiency could save us 2.4billion, benefit 70% of households in fuel poverty, create 33k years of employment.

Invest in climate resilience and adaptation, Dietz et al 2022 cost would be 3.3% in 2050 vs 2030 1.1%, impacts currently 1.5billion will be 4.6 by 2050.

Climate proofing and mainstreaming.

Money looking for projects, projects looking for money – need to enable this

Keep benefits in the region – make people keen for region

Natasha North – NatWest – director responsible for debt and climate

Only reduced emissions in 2008 financial crash and 2020 covid

NatWest new report identified huge SME opportunities – Springboard to Sustainability

Energy transitions – 90% of targets met by renewable and efficient energy

Dogger Bank 6m homes 2026 – NatWest led on financing

Future technologies need investment and exploration – CCS part to play in energy hierarchy – last but key for negative in future – skills locally export globally

Big changes – jobs go, new jobs come, skills needed

Prioritise growth that is green, not at any cost

Robert Horn – Federated Hermes – institutional investment manager – 1.5 trillion under advice etc.

UK nature base solutions climate impact strategy – investing to protect and restore UK Nature

Hermes came out of BT/Post Office (GPO) pension scheme

Analysis of land use – optimise use – food, transport, housing, etc., urban emphasised at expense of rural, doesn’t value nature, in fact nature has value in many ways.

Investment vehicle at £100million level – eco-system services – holistic approach to restoration of nature – value nature improvement, not just carbon – locally equitable – not just buy land but involve local.

ENGOs scientific impact advisory panel, 

NbS Real Assets – peatland, wood land, biodiversity net gain, marine and coastal ecosystems

NbS businesses – marine/terrestrial businesses – service businesses etc..

Innovation

Market Making Strategy – HMG create market for NbS – Federated Hermes investment vehicle at the end of market creation

Strategy Governance – community benefit skilled green job and local revenue sharing models, scientific impact advisory committee, sharing best practices with industry and the public sector, independent offset verification and independent impact verification

Questions:

Andy. Burdoo – Climate Action Leeds – How to measure social impacts –  frameworks such as doughnut economics.
Gap – each £ in fuel poverty reduces NHS bill by 42p
Planetary boundaries – macro level frameworks – number of jobs created, ratio of revenue shared locally, LSE differential value of nature to people and distance from nature, NHS green prescribing.
Regulatory framework – 1.5billion social bond, green bonds

Jenny Patient – TUC – Jobs – don’t want low skill low satisfaction economy – investment create better jobs, engaged employees with business
High quality jobs, sustainability, inclusion diversity engagement – all employees need to be engaged.

Unknown questioner – Great investment in peatland great, are you moving away from fossil fuels?
Transition plans by 2030 – NatWest – sections hard to green, concrete, — low emission good product – how to support hard to transition sectors – some businesses will need new technologies to transition.

Dave Shpmnd – Y&H Science Innovation NHS – Who is leading on connecting project to money?
A bit of a gap – UK Infrastructure Bank – invest in green and sustainable – above £10m – real gap below this
Lots of short term pots but not properly set up, just competition between LAs, need stable funding streams.
YHCC want to build a platform for finance – broad, mainstream, but not duplicating what already exists.

Supporting Leaders and Organisation on their Road to Net Zero

Liz Barber – Chair of YHCC – Climate Pledge

Why is this important – impact of climate change will be significant – immediate impact, supply chain global impact

A journey to net zero critical – customers and public will expect it, employees will expect it, we all need to play our part

£1 spent on mitigation save £3 on dealing with impacts

Net zero has to be centre of strategy, make it scientific don’t green wash

Climate Action Pledge – a simple commitment to action,  applicable to all organisation, signals your intent publically, reduce risk and unlock opportunities of green growth, 

What’s in it – take action to climate ready, reduce carbon emissions, enhance nature and biodiversity, just transition – key principles – leadership, engagement employees stakeholders, be fair inclusive

Sign up, take action – on NZ, on adaptation and resilience, on nature, on people partners and places; inspire – YHCC will identify pioneering businesses and work with them to share practice and develop criteria for leadership

Www.climateactionpledge.co.uk

Tom Rumbol – CEO Synetiq – Vehicle Salvage

Put sustainability at heart of business

It’s worked.

Largest integrated vehicle end of life – reuse, repair, remanufacture, recycled for reuse – elegance and circulatritary in action.  Vehicles on road at lower cost and lower carbon

Why we do sustainability – the right thing, cross-industry collaboration – tackling climate change is a team effort, stakeholders expect it, early adopter advantage (doubled size), it’s great for business – leveraging global zeitgeist

Our road to tomorrow – most sustainable and responsible business – industry perceptions, new expertise, colleague engagement, collecting data across sites and vehicles – don’t take cash, simplified consolidated business processes, carbon literacy, 150 year experience in the old way of doing business – Carbon Literacy (CL) engaged enthused 250 employees got ideas from them continuous improvement,  Autotrader training course, trained related businesses so now into other businesses.  NFU Insurance a client being trained by Synetiq

Advice with the will you can do anything – energy data, scopes 1,2,3, comply to regulations, plan, easy wins, consult experts.  ISO, science based targets, keep plan alive with the people plus suppliers plus customers.

Sophie Greenage – Deloitte – Leeds

Building culture of sustainability

Yorkshire Climate Action Coalition – https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/forms/event/yorkshire-climate-action-coalition.html https://www.walkermorris.co.uk/our-services/infrastructure-energy/yorkshire-climate-action-coalition/

Building networks to. Share best practice – CL,   Embrace change,, do incremental if you can’t do it all, culture of solution development, platform for employees to work together, enhance ability to get to solutions quicker.

Sustainability strategy not just one person embedded in all performance, not just financial so role of CFO changing.  Need external support of regulators but needs internal change throughout organisation.

Every job is now a climate job.

Dan Fell – Doncaster Chamber of Commerce

3k businesses, 20k young people, member of LEP (not sure what it does)

Business growth (BG), economic development (ED), education.

BG and ED don’t exclude net zero.

Businesses want to do CSR, develop people and localise the economy.

Green businesses are a magnet for talent.

Composition of business stock, 90% of businesses have 10 employees or less, leaders micro very busy, support needs to engage on their terms.

Doncaster Climate and Biodiversity Commission – lots of asks of businesses but not much give to businesses.  Need more tools for SMEs – great stuff out there, but too much hidden and not focused on SME.

Local skills improvement plans – put employees in the driving seat, what business community wants / needs.  Businesses want green skills rather than totally new skills.

Critically aware of cost crisis – retainment of staff etc. – NZ must not slip down the priority list.

Questions:

Louise Smith – director of Aurora – net zero for Humber – Most companies being excluded – funding reduced by exit from Europe.
Proper business engagement takes expertise / time, co-design of policy / regulation but only involves big businesses.

PhD Cranfield – recovering materials from waste sites to circular economy – How does SME with only 15 people do this?
Every employee being CL, so it becomes natural.  It won’t come from public funding.
Needs to be in business models.
CL sector toolkits – businesses of size / scale creating their toolkit – automotive Synetiq – common language – business helping business.
Challenge not unique to SMEs – all organisations need to up CL

Tom Griffiths – Parasol – BG ED not exclusive to NZ – since 2nd war GDP has been key policy, which has got us here.
Net reducing emissions, increasing employees/profits/business – can do both – Synetiq on journey – surely any business would want to grow and do good – surely those businesses who don’t won’t survive no revenue growth no talent.
Accounting for CFOs Sustainability Network – optimal trade off between cost and benefit to the environment, pick nature based due to society and environmental benefits – concept of six capitals.
Capitalism creates and solves lots of problems, no politician campaigns on less jobs, so have to do this to get buy in.

Housing and Building Sustainable Communities

John – Ecology Building Society

Lower carbon, retrofit, lower mortgage rates on higher energy performance

Supporting sustainable communities – fantastic projects in Yorkshire, involved in modern methods of construction – off-site builds, affordable solutions,.

Meeting challenge of existing housing stock and building better – try to get to good standard of what we see in Europe – despite politics / finance etc..

More traction more business based on ethos of business, need other businesses to step up and invest in the same way.

Community Led Housing – projects in Leeds, land trust, housing coops, never have to have a conversation about sustainability/low impact living.

Dumfries and Galloway – Nith Valley Community Land Trust (Scottish equivalent of Community Housing Fund).

Bunker Housing co-op in Brighton – convert garage off-site build, looking for more sites.

Open House Project – Sheffield – building sustainable community on farm, district heating, own water, communal allotments – good blog on line

Priorities – better communications – get whole supply chain involved – so good seen as new norm, more funding, acceptance of sustainable business methods

Martin – Connect Housing Director – delivery of climate action work

Lead West Yorkshire housing partnership on sustainability – 170k homes – big carbon footprint.

Connect built first 10 climate neutral houses 10 years ago.

Make it affordable and take tenants with us.

Connect have 10k house – can influence others to punch about weight, collaboration housing associations plus mayoral authority – 150million investment pipeline going into environmental housing.

Communication package to our householders – in Yorkshire and then national.

Lee Pitcher – Yorkshire Water

Rain falling, wind getting up, leaves falling, water everywhere – feels good / romantic and for others who have been flooded gives them PSTD.

Living with Water – Humber project

Species dying out 100x faster than should be, polluted air, flooding, Arup work on cities floods and droughts.

Hull example of building resilient city – 300k people, 70km sq – bowl so easy to flood, only way to get water out is to pump, don’t want to rely on pumps.  51% post flooding had health effect, 43% mental – 14% of UK trade comes through Hull, 20% of drainage comes down Humber.  Still 2nd biggest flood risk in UK.

Work across public, private, community – just in room 7 different authorities can be responsible for the water at different stages of the route, so they all have to collaboratively work.

So set up collaborative arrangements to allow seamless working across the whole water course.  Blue-green corridors, reuse existing infrastructure, source control, culture to integrate all together – removes 14k properties from flooding – 1.6 billion cost.

House level – community Sustrainable – household level SUDS – see examples on website

Skills / tools – blue-green future from grey past – KS2 build own SUDS, technical training, PhDs working on living with water, MSc on living with water – 8 students 2018 now 400 applications for 2022

Hull Live with Water – together we can do this

Lucy Meredith – People Powered Homes Leeds and Climate Action Leeds

PPHL supports community led housing projects, Chappeltown project 33 co-housing houses – BBC documentaryLeeds climate innovation district 3 carbon negative flats (March 2023).

Part of CAL platform for people organisation communities to take climate action together – net zero, nature friendly, equal Leeds by 2030

Lots of community hubs around Leeds – from community volunteers plus core staff.

CAL trying to start city centre hub – looking for venue

Making homes more energy efficient – blocks policy, funding, supply chain, lack of trained retrofitters – need to be make all homes ready by winter.  300k houses, 70% will fall into fuel poverty, all houses different, not one size fits all solution.

How do we stop people being ill in winter?  Can’t wait for government.  Can’t control prices, but can insulate.  Need to map what is already.  Community led retrofit project – copy Manchester Carbon Coop.

Ask – businesses need to get involved – spare rooms for meetings, spare building CAL will take it off your hands.

Share things, fit rainwater collection to every house – co-housing shared ammenities – shared spare rooms, communal laundry, communal allotments, car pool, shared tools.

Authorities – more sustainable transport – public transport networks

LA planners fundamentally lead on this, big house builders have a preference for green field site which get higher margins bigger profits.

Community most are in-fill close to infrastructure.

Co-design / co-create / co-funding – opportunity to talk to all authorities – seed funding can get matched funding

Transport factored into whether projects go ahead or not

Quesitons:

Yorkshire Water – Surface Water flooding has made least progress due to fragmented nature of responsibilities – how quickly can Live with Water for Hull be scaled up to whole of Yorkshire, Blue-Green plan for whole of Yorkshire.
Just launched Connected with Water – all South Yorkshire – 3x faster than Hull, but would be easier with joined up regulation etc..

Debbie – thermal imaging do you have one
Really galvanises the community to save energy.

Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero Travel

Kersten England – CEO Bradford District – local authority / combined authority – place led ambition

Toxic air quality already – infrastructure built for fossil fuelled economy – difficult active travel – flooding

Poorest communities bearing brunt of issues – least able to meet cost of transition

Declared climate emergency – just transition

44% of all CO2 across West Yorkshire is transport, 88% is road transport – travel just between Leeds-Bradford is a huge part of it

Previously CEO of York – achieved modal shift away from car, York had biggest bike shed in world, 25% of employees cycled to work, park and ride infrastructure – keep cars out of city

Place shaping agenda – without reliance on car / road infrastructure

20 minute neighbourhood, make vehicles left nice

In Bradford car ownership needed to be at least 1 per person as a status need.

1st charging clean air zone been in place 2 months – already seeing impact on A&E – case built around clean air and growth – with highways engineers, politicians, borne in Bradford – tracking genetics showed what was wrong.

£100million to underpin transition.

H2 cluster – working with Gas Grid

District heat network – biomethane for heavy vehicles

CAZ seeing changes in behaviour

Taxis won’t go in – get on bus or train

City Centre designed for active travel – demolish NCP, new cycle routes, new park, liveable city centre – 15 minute neighbourhood.

Must have Northern Powerhouse Rail – quick rail – 30minutes to Manchester, 7 minutes to Leeds – open up 3x size of Canary Wharf for growth

Open up for clean healthy growth

Paul Hudson injected to say hydrogen was fantastic and he has it as his pet subject.

Alexis Krachai – Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

Revitalise CC to think differently about businesses

Agency engage with Communities around build environment

5 ideas

Assertions – 5 have technology and know how to move to net zero transport, break human decision making, mindsets Covid showed things can change in the blink of an eye

Lack of incentives to move to net zero travel

  1. You can’t get a loan in business or la unless you sign up to a cycle work scheme to make it easier for employees to a get bike
  2. Bus priority measures not popular – operators share a portion of revenue uplift caused by the priority of buses
  3. Sheffield people don’t like parking removal – so reward them
  4. Empty shops in high streets – pop up cycle hubs – security yes, shower optional
  5. Impact on business – CC automatically support any active travel encouragements
  6. Commute by bike – 2 miles takes 40 minutes by car, only 10 minutes by bike, resting heart rate down, best decision ever made

Greg Marsden – University of Leeds / Decarbon8

Trolley bus failure in Leeds, but now a lot better based on recognition of climate emergency, Connecting Leeds vision is most ambitious, head winds so won’t be delivered needs too much money.  Public transport at 80% pre-pandemic load.  More of what we used to do will fail.

Leeds – 30% car journey reduction by 2030, LTNs still not accepted, close City Square and Leeds orbital road are contradictory.

Too late to solve climate crisis.

What would help:

  1. More radical approach to travel costs – cheap annual permit
  2. Pioneer in light mobility transport – not 2tonnes with 1 person
  3. 15 minute neighbourhoods with network of high mobility hubs
  4. Increase home working
  5. Road space reallocation

Chance of Net Zero is 0 with business as usual strategy so need more radical approach

Garry Birmingham – First Bus

UPS early 90’s really good ethics / culture, people drive everything, combination of experience and education

First Bus 2012 – big ugly business – 2020 23rd March – CEO – zero at tail pipe by 2035, blank piece of paper, brave decisions made

Piece meal – hydrogen in Aberdeen, electric busses bits and pieces, £180million 150 vehicles in Caledonian, speed of transition, DNOs post code lottery to get power, don’t dig up road take different approaches, ambition – York all electric by end 2024, Leeds etc..  Put power into building for end point – Brownlee 34 buses now but power for 200.  Use power at the right time.

Vehicles sleep in a depot, empty in the day time, so what can we use it for – dual utilise the power etc..

Congestion in Leeds worse than Madrid.

Joe Bamford – Wright Bus – hybrid – hydrogen is expensive, buses work.  Only water comes out of the end – Dogger Bank use electricity at night to make hydrogen.  Green hydrogen

Questions:

Stuart Boothman – Just Transition Wakefield – how do you achieve rural equity of access across the whole district.
Difficult won’t be just one mode of transport.

Evie Denton engineer – Global warming potential of hydrogen – up to 16x CO2e (BEIS 5.8 – now 11+/-5) – implications of hydrogen release – government BEIS
Panel didn’t understand, even when he explained indirect effect as leaking hydrogen causes changes in atmospheric chemistry which produce an increased greenhouse effect many more times than CO2.

Hydrogen does look like the solution that will make climate change worse unless its use is limited, both due to inefficiency and these greenhouse effects.

Rural & Food Breakout

Edward Whittle – Whitby Seafoods – full impact on environment of scampi – miminise fuel etc, use solar electricity, minimise damage to seabed.

James Johnson – farmer near Ripon –  mixed beef, sheep,  now regenerative

NFU strategy is more for less with carbon storage occurring through carrying on farming as normal rather than radical changes in land use.

Role of livestock – note to self – need to reread NFU story of how basically farming as usual can be net zero, as currently farming is seen as a net contributor.

Mixed plus agroforestry – increase biodiversity but most of all food security

Sonja Woodcock – Food Wise Leeds

Healthy food for all of Leeds

No negative stuff, only opportunity, more fruits and vegetables working with the seasons

Grow 50% of nutrients we need for whole population, but not micro nutrients

Need to start microagriculture – market gardens funding, training, small bits of farms, markets for this food, food hubs.

Across Leeds a flourishing of community owned farms

Build on existing food hubs that bring in locally grown produce to allow people to access the local food easily.  Sell food at different prices to allow equality – cooking.

No quick fix – Leeds food strategy – Leeds city council website

Colm Bowe – Nature North 

Revitalise nature

Revenue streams for buyers of ecosystem services – good reliable funding streams

Food sovereignty vs nature – no conflict

Steering – EA, NE, AoNB, WT, WoodTrust, RSPB, National Trust, National Heritage Lottery Fund,…

Strategic plan for nature across the north, mainly 7 investible propositions – great north bog, great north wood, 5 new – thriving coastal communities, healthy rivers, liveable northern towns and cities, greening major transport and energy infrastructure

Model on Great North Bog and Great North Wood

Questions:

Richard Sitter – coordinator schools climate education South Yorkshire – Green skills around land recovery – agriculture, monitoring etc..
Carbon calculator for school meals – on food wise website

Debbie –  YHCC Land Water Farming and Nature Panel – for James on sustainable farming – how does profile of output / profitability change
Level of transition – no reduction in yields but land more resistant to climate

Yorkshire’s Green Energy Transition

Prof james Gilbert – Aura – Greek god of northern breeze

University of Hull was funded to set Aura to tackle problems that need solving that can be solved, so more engineering than fundamental science.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy

Not just engineering, but people training and engaging workforce – offshore wind projected to be 100k workforce – equality and inclusivity agenda

Kathryn Richardson – East Yorkshire EA

Humber environment already constrains what can go on within it.

EA regulates a lot of industries that emit a lot of carbon dioxide, methane etc.

Regulated for a lot of improvements, I.e. methane from landfill gases

How are ageing plants managed safely?

Humber 2100+ – help to get resilience

East coast cluster 50% of UK industry CO2 – CCS to get to net zero

Energy efficiency emission to land air and water

Effect of cumulative carbon emissions

Industry up for tackling emissions, need infrastructure, will need collaboration and investment.

Through regulation and legislation EA helping industry become less reliant on fossil fuels

Dan – Eclipse Energy

More emissions from homes in UK than all cars on the road

Full end to end service – surveys, design, installation – work with councils

Work with City of Bradford, Calderdale Council

Full house retrofit service – ventilation to insulation

Madison May – full survey service onwards

Rochdale 2 year old died due to mould build up.

Need to retrofit 1 house every 1 1/2 seconds up to 2050 to fit net zero

Will Solman – Calderdale Youth Council

Youth Yorkshire assembly, 

Green Youth Deal – big 10 policies – local/regional/national/international policies – 

ACE advocates for the environment in schools – decarbonise schools estate

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