York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority will receive £2m from central government to secure a strategic business partnership to accelerate decarbonisation.
Based on the City Leap model in Bristol, where the council has entered into a partnership with Ameresco and Vattenfall Heat UK to deliver a range of energy saving measures across the authority’s estate, the project aims to act as a pilot for the delivery of energy efficiency and retrofitting initiatives.
The government is also investing £12m in developing Local Net Zero Accelerator pilots in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the West Midlands Combined Authority regions, which will seek to crowd in private investment into a range of energy projects.
The combined authorities will decide how to allocate funding, selecting projects that will benefit their communities. “These could include housing retrofit and renewable energy and transport projects, such as installing solar panels, battery storage and deploying green buses - all of which could help significantly cut emissions,” the government said.