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The first ever Decarbonisation Strategy for the North of England has opened for consultation, Transport for the North has announced.

The strategy, which sets out the ambitious target of near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045, went out to public consultation on Monday, 7 June.

Businesses and residents throughout the north of England are being urged to have their say on the plan, with the consultation being open until 31 August. This is the first time a regional strategy of this type has been procured, bringing the region’s leaders together to speak out with one voice on the climate emergency.

Tim Wood, Interim Chief Executive at Transport for the North, said: “Reducing carbon across our region’s transport network is an essential part of tackling the climate emergency – one of the greatest challenges of our time. We’re thrilled to be consulting a strategy for the whole region that outlines how rapid progress can be made and how the North can lead the UK in slashing carbon emissions.

“Surface transport is the largest contributing sector to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, accounting for 22% of all emissions in 2019. The majority of this is from road transport, so there is a clear and urgent need to decarbonise our vehicles and roads over the coming years. But we must also take action on our rail network, with a rolling programme of electrification, and encourage a shift to more sustainable forms of transport and construction practices too.

“Our Decarbonisation Strategy is a vital piece of work in moving the north of England towards the ambitious goal of near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045. Using data and insights, alongside predictions and modelling analysis, the strategy sets out the challenges and opportunities ahead, providing a clear trajectory that will not only lower emissions, but also enhance connectivity for our region’s people and businesses.

“We urge everyone to get involved in this vital work and provide their views to the consultation, helping to shape future transport networks that are not only efficient and reliable, but are sustainable too.”

To find out more and respond to the consultation, visit: www.transportforthenorth.com/decarbonisation/

The consultation opened on Monday 7 June 2021 and closes at 12:00 on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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