Liverpool pitches ‘Green City Deal’
The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a bid to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson for £230 million to tackle climate change and boost the economy post-Brexit.
The proposal aims to provide new skills and housing to transform the city through new powers and funding, creating 10,000 new jobs, supporting 35,000 people into work and training 4,000 apprentices.
The vision, which builds on Liverpool City Council’s recent declaration of a ‘climate emergency’, is focused on helping to make the city carbon neutral, while also delivering jobs, clean air, better health, smarter travel, green spaces and warm and cheap-to-heat homes.
Backed by businesses and trade union UNITE, it also aims to create economic opportunities with skills education which will allow workers of all ages to find employment in new industries created by a cleaner, greener economy.
At the core of the bid is a green housing programme, which would retrofit 3,000 homes with energy saving features and build 3,000 more to low carbon standards. It would also introduce a range of financial incentives for homeowners such as discounted ‘green mortgages’ or council tax discounts for the most energy efficient homes.
The initiative would be linked to developing a local supply chain with businesses able to design, install and maintain the technology used in carbon neutral homes.
Meanwhile, a ‘Clean Growth Vocational Training Hub’ would be established to equip people with the skills required in key sectors and ensure the education system meets the needs of young people.
A ‘Clean Growth Learning Partnership’ would also help to connect employers and developers of innovative materials with schools to support pupil engagement and teaching.
Finally, the bid includes a proposal to develop Liverpool’s Paddington Village quarter into an exemplar for air quality, carbon neutral infrastructure and innovation in green and digital technologies, including the possible use of driverless vehicles to link it to the city centre.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “We need to be bold, radical and ambitious if we are to meet our target of becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030.
“There are huge opportunities for us to improve the lives of all residents across the city, whatever their age or background, with better and more energy efficient housing, use of smart technology and making sure our young people have the right skills to take advantage of the jobs in these growth sectors.”
Posted under General Interest and Public / Government / Charity on 7 August 2019