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Belfast City Council

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… effectively. Covid and a Green Recovery Clearly the world changed dramatically with the Covid pandemic. From a climate perspective, the first, and we hope main phase of national lockdown in the spring and early summer of 2020 did reduce our carbon footprint for a short period – and it triggered some changes in our behaviour that could help us in the longer term – but we clearly need a more…

… positive way of addressing the climate challenge in the context of a healthy, inclusive and vibrant city. This roadmap shows how in the years to come Belfast could apply some guiding principles for a green recovery – to go faster, to build better, to think bigger, to be bolder - to radically reduce its carbon footprint whilst also becoming a better place, with cleaner air, improved public…

… to set a target date in 2021 for the city to reach net-zero emissions. Produced by the ESRC Place-Based Climate Action Network for the Belfast Climate Commission, this net-zero roadmap is designed to feed into Belfast’s deliberations on its target date for net-zero, and to inform how it can work towards an ambitious target in the coming years, including through the adoption of a green

recovery programme. Policy Change and the Need to Deliver In June 2019, the UK Government passed legislation with a commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The Northern Ireland Assembly declared a climate emergency in February of 2020. At the local level, 2019 saw a wave of local climate emergency declarations, with many local authorities setting their own, usually more ambitious…


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