Published: 11th Nov 2019

Devolution would help regions in the north cut air pollution and reduce their carbon emissions, according to a new report. The report, published by researchers at the University of Sheffield Energy Institute, is calling for a programme of devolution to help deliver a complete decarbonisation of local transport and buildings. 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. 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 … (To read the full article, subscribe below)