St Mary's Church, Gillingham, Norfolk

Realising the East of England’s Contribution to Achieving UK Net Zero

  • The headline outcomes of COP26 (Glasgow, 2021) were the Glasgow Climate Pact of increased emission reduction pledges and the Paris Agreement Rulebook. The finance headlines of Glasgow are not forthcoming, an ongoing issue since 2009
  • More locally, UK energy supplies will not achieve decarbonisation without the East of England’s renewable energy resources
  • The region requires a grid and digital transformation for the necessary electric vehicle and heat pump infrastructure
  • As the UK’s most vulnerable region to climate change it needs an up-to-date place-based scientific assessment of its adaptation needs
  • Decarbonisation and adaptation are place-based more than centrally controlled, requiring additional place-based policy focus
  • The Climate Change Committee continues to encourage rapid progress with the best science as evidence to motivate action

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