Helping Liverpool council develop its 2030 Net Zero Action Plan

26 May 2022

Liverpool City Council has revealed their 2030 Liverpool Net Zero Action Plan, which sets out how the city can become a net zero city by 2030.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) worked alongside Eunomia to provide the technical modelling and assessment for the decarbonisation of heat in buildings, energy supply, transport, and waste in Liverpool. In parallel, the team undertook the analysis of non-technical factors and stakeholder engagement, which were crucial to developing Liverpool's net zero roadmap. The final strategy also provides recommendations for the city’s climate resilience and low carbon economy. At CSE, we have the tools, resources, and expertise to carry this through successfully, having developed strategies to support the net zero ambitions of several local authorities.

Our approach helps local authorities understand the best steps for net zero planning in their area

We create bespoke net zero plans that consider the capabilities, opportunities, and challenges of a specific area. Place-based planning is complex, so we help local authorities design the best climate strategies for their local energy systems. We identify local priorities, consider all existing factors and characterise the area, design implementation proposals for net zero, and secure participation and buy-in from residents. Meaningful action involves everyone – every government agency or department, every business, every community, every person.

As part of this project, we completed technical and non-technical assessments for the decarbonisation of heat in buildings and local energy supply, with Eunomia providing analysis for transport and waste. For all buildings in the city, CSE modelled the potential for rooftop solar PV installations, and with our innovative tool THERMOS — a free, open-source software that makes heat network planning faster, more efficient and cost-effective, which this project allowed us to develop even further — established where the city could target heat network development.

For the non-technical analysis, we used a framework created by CSE called 'Walking around the issues', which highlights the barriers and opportunities of a locality and identifies the conditions for successful decarbonisation. Through research and workshops, we assessed what factors will affect the rate of progress for Liverpool’s key areas for decarbonisation. The framework provides a comprehensive analysis through five lenses: technical, capabilities and initiative-taking, commercial, policy and regulations, and socio-cultural. We engaged with stakeholders to understand social and political issues, which gives local authorities a much deeper understanding of the limitations and expectations in their area. This ultimately leads to a greater chance of successful net zero plans. Stakeholder engagement included a workshop with the Liverpool group City Plan Partners, who endorsed the final strategy.

There's no one size fits all route map for local areas. Our technical analysis, research and stakeholder engagement capabilities supported Liverpool City Council to take the best next steps in implementing their net zero plan. Contact Julia Oggioni, Senior Project Manager, for more information on this project, and to find out how we can help your net zero plans.

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