Knowsley commits to 100% clean energy by 2050

Knowsley Council has become one of the  84 UK cities and local authorities of the UK100 network to have committed to cut their local carbon emissions by shifting to 100% clean energy by 2050.

Recent recruits, of which there have been 14 in total, include Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram along with the leaders of Newport, Sefton, Knowsley, Trafford, Stockport, Bury and Salford Councils. All Liverpool City Region Borough Councils and all Greater Manchester Borough Councils are now members.

The pledges come as UK100 launched its ‘Local Power Map’ at the House of Commons.
It will enable councils and communities to clearly show how they are moving towards 100% clean local economies and has been launched in partnership with Green Alliance and M&S.

The first iteration of the map has been based on showing what is happening in and around Oxford.

The combined commitments now secured have the potential to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by an estimated 22% and make a significant contribution to legal obligations under the Climate Change Act.

This requires the UK to cut its CO2 emissions by 80% of its 1990 levels within the next 32 years.

The number, size and location spread of the local authorities means UK100 now has support from areas with heavy industrial output to big metropolitan cities.

Cllr Andy Moorhead, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I am committed to Knowsley being a truly sustainable borough, powered by 100% clean, renewable and environmentally friendly energy by 2050. It is crucial that we move to a clean energy future, whilst investing in our health and climate too.”

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