Net-zero North : delivering the decarbonisation mission in the north of England

Institute for Public Policy Research
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Publication date:
07 December 2017


The North’s economy is more carbon intensive than the English average, and its many carbon-intensive industries face a challenging transition. It is also suffering from a lack of investment relative to other regions, particularly London.

However, the North has a large economic potential, more of which could be unlocked from directed investment, and is already realising many of the opportunities of decarbonisation, with a vibrant low-carbon goods and services sector and nearly half of England’s renewables generation. Other opportunities could deliver further economic benefit to the region, contribute to emissions reductions and address related socioeconomic challenges, such as air pollution.