Innovate UK has approved funding for a feasibility study to be carried out across Cambridgeshire to identify how to enable an efficient transition towards net zero by switching spending away from fossil fuels, to meet net zero targets.
It is important to understand the hurdles that are currently preventing businesses, local authorities, communities and places from achieving net zero – this study will look into how to unlock the barriers.
The study, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, will be carried out in collaboration with the City Council and partners which include:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
- East Cambridgeshire District Council
- Huntingdonshire District Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
- City Science Ltd
- Greater South East Net Zero Hub
- The Collaborate CIC
- UK Power Networks.
The Government’s Net Zero Living Programme aims to help places and businesses to accelerate the delivery of the transition to net zero. The feasibility study will commence during spring 2023. After these initial studies are completed later in the year, a selection of projects will be chosen by Innovate UK for up to £5m further local investment.
Cambridge City Council is also working towards a shared vision for Cambridge to be net zero by 2030, as outlined in our Climate Change Strategy. This includes supporting businesses, residents and visitors in reducing emissions as well as reducing our own emissions to net zero by 2030 – this is detailed in our Carbon Management Plan.