Humber can be world leader in climate change fight: The Yorkshire Post says

With the UK’s aim to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as part of efforts to minimise climate change requiring profound changes to the way we live our lives, committed efforts are needed to now reach a target that the National Audit Office recently described as a “colossal challenge”.

As such, the news that an ambitious decarbonisation plan for the Humber region has received Government backing with the award of £1.7m in funding can only be good news. The so-called Humber Cluster Plan not only aims to set out how net zero carbon emissions could be achieved in the area by 2040 – potentially making it the first in the world to do so – it also importantly involves major private sector partners and local employers such as Drax, British Steel and Centrica. These are the companies that have a central role to play in bringing about a cleaner and greener future for us all.

The Humber is at the forefront of the climate change battle for several reasons – from the cliff-side communities witnessing the alarming ongoing impact of coastal erosion that is expected to be made worse by rising sea levels at one end of the spectrum to the area being at the forefront of offshore wind power generation at the other.

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As the NAO report put it in regard to the national efforts to reach net zero, while there are undoubtedly huge challenges and expense associated with the work, “the costs of inaction would be far greater than the costs of achieving net zero because of the need to adapt to substantial climate change, such as building flood defences and dealing with the health impacts of higher temperatures”.

Cliff erosion at Longbeach Leisure Park, Hornsea. Picture: Tom Maddick/SWNSCliff erosion at Longbeach Leisure Park, Hornsea. Picture: Tom Maddick/SWNS
Cliff erosion at Longbeach Leisure Park, Hornsea. Picture: Tom Maddick/SWNS

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