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Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to compile a comprehensive list of  FAQ’s relating to the ERPs and ERAPs. If there is an FAQ that you can’t see on the list and would like an answer too, please get in touch with us via the feedback form on the bottom of the Emission Reduction Pathway page, and we will get back to you.

The full list of actions for each sector have not been costed at this point. Investment and delivery timescales will be developed in the next phase.  Where possible, further understanding on the return on investment and wider benefits will also be included.  Financial forecasting also needs to consider the cost (economical, financial and social) of not doing anything. 

The plans were developed collaboratively by sector-specific working groups comprised of representatives from diverse stakeholders including the Local Authorities, non-profit organisations, community groups and experts in relevant fields. The process has been endorsed by the ZCCPs Strategic Oversight Board.

Find out all about us here: Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership

To ensure progress towards net zero carbon, the partnership is steered by a Strategic Oversight Board

The plans don’t propose to decarbonise the grid on a local level, but nuclear is part of the government’s plans to decarbonise the grid on a national level.

‘Low-carbon nuclear supplies 15 per cent of our electric lifeblood as a steady source of generation to complement intermittent renewables. Nuclear is the only form of reliable, low carbon electricity generation which has been proven at scale and returns more than a hundred times as much power as a solar site of the same size. We can only secure a big enough baseload of reliable power for our island by drawing on nuclear. Our aim is to lead the world once again in a technology we pioneered so that by 2050, up to a quarter of our power consumed in Great Britain is from nuclear.’ 

British Energy Security Strategy ( 

Responding to climate change needs a collaborative approach. There is a wealth of knowledge from organisations and individuals active in the priority emission sectors within Cumbria.  The plans are co-produced,  guided by local experience and expertise, which keeps discussions practical and helps verify deliverability, challenges and risks. You can find out more about the sector group members here

The sector Emission Reduction Pathway (ERP) serves as a guiding document that sets the overarching vision, direction and priorities for each sectors’ emission reduction efforts, which supports each sector groups contribution to the Cumbria net zero goal.  

The sector Emission Reduction Action Plan (ERAP) translates the vision and goal into practical steps through a list of proposed actions. The action plans can be used to engage specific partners and allocate resources, and can be adapted to changing circumstances.  

Climate change is not slowing down. The science is clear, we have to act now. Cumbria is not acting in isolation- other counties and countries are taking action too, but it is important to lead by example and encourage/motivate others to do the same. Reducing consumption can lead to a reduction in imports from countries with high carbon emissions. 

It also comes with loads of benefits for all of us! These are just a few: Reducing emissions improves air quality with health benefits; improving energy efficiency lowers energy bills and makes homes warmer;  improved public transport creates better connectivity and access to employment and services; economic benefits from new green jobs; energy security; increased walking and cycling for short trips improves health, the list goes on.

The focus of the ZCCP is to try and slow down the rising temperature of the earth, and address the cause of the problem in order to avoid the worst impacts.  

However, some mitigation actions will also build resilience and protect against the effects of climate change. 

This is a specialist area with bespoke solutions for different manufacturing and industrial processes. The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is already working with some of the biggest industrial organisations in Cumbria on decarbonisation. We are also collaborating with Chamber of Commerce to help small and medium-sized businesses reduce the emissions from their manufacturing processes. These emissions are, therefore, covered in this way rather than through a separate sector group.

The Summary of Greenhouse Gases in Cumbria has recommended emission reduction targets for each sector. The combination of emission reduction across all sector groups and increased sequestration will enable Cumbria to reach net zero. More work is needed to understand the full impacts of the individual action plans.  

The sector groups have started highlighting the potential partners for a number of the actions. Further work is needed to confirm leads for all of the actions.  

Each action plan is slightly different. There are some overarching targets and key dates, but there is still a lot more work to do.

Collaboration is key, everyone has a part to play, no matter how big or small. With huge amounts of energy, motivation and hard work , if we all pull together, we can begin to move in the right direction.

If you are an individual, there are many things you can do. Please have a look at this ‘Doing our bit! leaflet, for ideas and inspiration.

If you are part of an organisation and want to help reduce Cumbria’s emissions, please get in touch with us!

If you have a business or social enterprise and would like to know how to reduce emissions within your own activities, please have a look at how the W&F Green Enterprise Hub can help you (available in the Westmorland and Furness area only). For more resources have a look at our business support page.

We encourage as many people as possible to join us in getting Cumbria’s emissions down. If you would like to participate please get in touch.

The ZCCP acknowledge that the delay in the development of a pathway to net zero will bring additional pressure on the scale and pace at which actions are delivered to achieve the 2037 objective. Work is currently being undertaken with Small World Consulting to increase understanding of the impact of the delay. 

The carbon dioxide equivalents of the various GHGs have all been calculated on GWP100 basis (the global warming potential of a gas compared to carbon dioxide over a 100 year time frame) to give a consistent approach across all of the priority emission areas. GWP100 is widely used by government departments both in the UK and internationally, as well as by international organisations such as the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and the IEA (International Energy Agency). 

The sector groups have been established, comprising a wide range of organisations and individuals from across Cumbria who have expertise and interests in the activities that create the emissions. The invitation to participate in the sector groups was advertised widely. The task for the sector group was to develop a plan to reduce carbon emissions from the sector in line with achieving the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership (ZCCP) ambition of net zero by 2037. 

The participation of sector group members in co-producing the action plan is a reflection of their support for the process of informing discussions with local experience and expertise, using their wealth of knowledge of the sector to develop the proposed actions and identify the associated challenges and dependencies. Their participation does not imply or assume responsibility of members for leading on, or implementation of the actions. There may be actions that do not align directly with some of the sector group member organisations’ circumstances or policy on a specific matter, however the group applied an approach that accommodated the concerns and ideas from the whole group and reached a decision that members could progress with in the plans whilst not necessarily being the agreed position of each individual member.