Action on climate change

In 2019 Liverpool City Council declared that planet Earth is facing a climate change emergency.

All political parties within the city agreed to work together to rise to the challenge of an impending ecological disaster by making Liverpool a Net Zero Carbon city by 2030.

Liverpool's net zero carbon goal

We are working with our partners on a strategic route map for the city due to be published in Autumn 2021, just before the COP 26 Summit in Glasgow. This route map will introduce the long-term awareness raising and campaigning necessary to bring the city together behind the net zero carbon target by 2030.

As well as this work, the city’s Climate Change Select Committee is aiming to implement changes across four key themes:

  • transport and air quality
  • buildings and the built environment
  • waste, recycling and energy
  • low carbon economy

This programme has been prioritised in Liverpool's City Plan which sets out how we can create a thriving, sustainable, fair city for everyone.

Progress so far

The good news is that there has been decent progress to date.

  • It is estimated Liverpool has already cut 840,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere since 2005 and has planted more half a million trees in the past 25 years.
  • The council has introduced a policy of only buying green energy. On your behalf, we have also installed 27,000 LED street lights across the city, invested in solar panels in major venues such as at ACC Liverpool, introduced ultra-low emission vehicles into our fleet and supported the development of lower carbon heat networks across the city.
  • The council has recently installed a further 6km of segregated cycle lane, and a fleet of electric and hydrogen powered buses and as your local authority, with responsibility for Public Health, we are also developing complementary Clean Air and Active Travel strategies.
  • As a lead partner in the URBAN GreenUP project we are also investing £4m into a range of new green infrastructure to tackle climate change impacts; including a new phase of tree planting in the city centre.

What happens next?

More needs to be done. Much more.

But the council cannot do this alone. 40% of carbon emissions come from homes. Better insulated houses – from the attic to windows will make a huge difference to our environment. Everyone can play their role – be it your diet, clothing, or how you travel.

Get in touch

We want to hear from you. Get in touch with your ideas on how we can reach our 2030 net zero carbon goal for Liverpool, or give us feedback on our progress so far - please contact us online now.