More ‘City Leaps’ urged to deliver Net Zero

The UK should develop a series of initiatives based on Bristol’s pioneering City Leap scheme to boost Net Zero across the country, a report published by the government’s former energy tsar has said.

MP Chris Skidmore, together with Tees Valley Mayor, Lord Ben Houchen, has published the inaugural report from the recently established Mission Zero Coalition.

Entitled The Future is Local, the document sets out a range of ways in which the country can meet the Net Zero challenge and cut carbon emissions.

One of the report’s key recommendations calls on the chancellor to announce the establishment of “new Net Zero City Leaps, using the Bristol City Leap template” to scale up this model of “effective public-private partnership” across the country.

The Bristol City Leap initiative was signed earlier this year, and will see the authority partner with Ameresco and Vattenfall to deliver a wide range of carbon-cutting schemes over the next 25 years.

According to The Future is Local, the initiative is a prime example of how to deliver Net Zero initiatives at a local level, and should be replicated across the country.

Skidmore led the government’s review of the Net Zero agenda last year, before launching the Mission Zero Coalition earlier this year.