Scheme to help Leeds meet Paris Climate Agreement rules for zero-emissions

A project aimed at ending carbon emissions over the next 20 years in West Yorkshire is set to be discussed by politicians next week.

Leeds hopes to be a zero-carbon economy by 2036.

The West Yorkshire Energy Accelerator (EA) scheme aims to kickstart low-carbon projects in the region, and aims to help reduce emissions to zero by 2036.

The scheme was set up by regional super-council West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), to help fund improvements around renewable energy, district heat networks and street lighting.

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It aims to help bring technical expertise to businesses wanting to go green, and it is hoped it will attract up to £100m of investment into clean energy in the region.

The report states: “The lack of project development funding and expertise are currently preventing investment in low carbon capital projects in the city region.

“The EA programme is providing a new project development support service that will remove these barriers. The EA will provide a service to the public, private, academic and community sectors to develop projects”

The scheme was announced last year, and is due to begin imminently – it was hoped that it could help bring West Yorkshire in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

A report updating panel members on the progress of the scheme stated: “Following the successful procurement of the external advisers at the end of October 2018, the last few weeks have been focused on mobilisation of the external experts, the high-level review of the initial pipeline of projects and the establishment of contacts with key stakeholders.”

The scheme will be discussed on Tuesday, January 29.