Devolution is needed to reduce emissions and transition to clean energy sources, report finds

phys.org | 9/19/2019 | Staff
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More powers should be given to areas such as the Sheffield City Region to enable them to reduce their carbon emissions and switch to clean energy sources, according to a new report.

The report, published by researchers at the University of Sheffield Energy Institute, is calling for an ambitious programme of devolution to help deliver a complete decarbonisation of local transport and buildings, which is crucial to help cities such as Sheffield meet their emissions targets.

Climate - Crisis - Action - University - Sheffield

With the climate crisis requiring political action, the University of Sheffield researchers believe an ambitious devolution deal is politically feasible and would bring considerable quality of life benefits for citizens.

Implementing zero carbon transport and heating sources for homes and buildings in places such as Sheffield would improve people's quality of life through improved air quality, reduced fuel poverty and fewer winter deaths, according to the report.

Buildings - Report - Step - Change - Insulation

In domestic and commercial buildings, the report calls for a step change in insulation and a near total move away from gas as a heating fuel.

For transport, the report calls for significant investment in public transport and greater support for the infrastructure needed to provide alternative fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and biogas.

Report - Investment

The report calls for investment to...
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