World leaders recently gathered in Glasgow for the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference.
Globally we need to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the very latest, but scientists have pointed out the longer we leave our action, the faster and deeper the cuts will have to be.
Southport and the wider Sefton area and our low-lying Lancashire hinterlands are all high risk from rising sea levels should we not achieve these targets.
What can we do in Southport to reduce carbon emissions? How can we ensure that this transition to net-zero makes Southport a better place to live for everyone?
One idea that is being explored, as an easy win, is to replace the wind turbine (which hasn’t worked for years) at Southport Eco Centre, but with a larger turbine.
The electricity generated by the wind-turbine could be used to help heat and power Splashworld/the Dunes leisure centre, reducing its carbon emissions and saving it money on energy costs.
Over 300 communities across the UK own a means of generating electricity or heat in their community. Many of these pay back interest to local investors. They reduce C02 emissions and play their part in tackling climate change. The new turbine could be part or wholly community owned and the first of several related projects across the town. Any profits made to be reinvested in local priorities.
This project could be part of a wider regeneration of Southport.
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