Newcastle City Council is working to make Newcastle the world's first carbon neutral city. Working in partnership with the Council through the Science City initiative, we aim to establish a robust, quantitative carbon footprint for the entire City, and placing these in the context of short- and longer–term climate change adaptation strategies, taking advantage of Newcastle University's role as a Core Partner of the Tyndall Centre for Climate change Research.
A significant step forward has been made with the launch of the first phase of Carbon Routemap on the 1st September 2008. Initiated and led by Professor Thomas Wagner and Dr. Phil James from the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and Dermot Roddy, Science City Professor of Energy and member of the Sir Joseph Swan Institute, Carbon Routemap aims to develop a routemap to a low-carbon economy for Newcastle (see http://www.ceg.ncl.ac.uk/research/geoscience/projects/carbonroutemap.htm for details and progress).
The project will establish and implement a long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (measured as carbon) in Newcastle. It provides an interface between civic action and academia, coupling practical and pragmatic carbon reduction with technical insight and rigor. The project will deliver a comprehensive carbon footprint of the city. Integrated roadmap ‘plans’ will then be developed to reduce carbon emissions across all public, commercial, industrial, transport and domestic sectors. The project will strengthen and build upon existing partnerships, between the University, the Council, the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), CarbonNeutral Newcastle (CNN), and Newcastle Science City. This high standard of city-wide carbon management will become a beacon to other cities.
The primary objective is to develop and deliver a scientifically-sound, practical, basis for carbon reduction across Newcastle-upon-Tyne. With this ambitious goal the project forms one key contribution to Newcastle’s ‘Science City’ regeneration initiative under the “Energy and Environment” theme. The project output will be used as a tool by Civic leaders and key partners engaged through the LSP to guide future policy, development plans and practical carbon reduction programmes. The project will essentially contribute in delivering the city’s climate change strategy by providing a baseline position for carbon production against which progress can be measured and a forward plan with scenarios and mitigation activities can be achieved. This project will be one of the first key work programmes of the restructured LSP in Newcastle with a Climate Change Partnership reporting to the Delivery Board.
The project’s three main phases are:
It is expected that Carbon Routemap will lay the foundation for a wide, cost effective, practical, approach to carbon management across the city. Some of the potential technology-based solutions offer significant new business opportunities for those who exploit first-mover advantage. Carbon Routemap will therefore work with the Regional Development Agency to promote job creation in carbon reduction sectors. Therefore, implementation of a transparent structure on future GHG emission goals within the city limit of Newcastle will deliver a robust and on-the-ground basis to boost green technologies/economies and new “green careers” in the region.