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Delegates at the Zero Carbon Cumbria Summit explore challenges

Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership Summit – A Report

The first of what we intend to be an annual event, the Zero Carbon Cumbria Summit, on the 20 March 2024 attracted a good cross section of representatives from the private, public and third sectors.  

For some delegates, this was their first experience of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership. We looked in detail at how we can collectively decarbonise the travel, farming, buildings, and consumption and waste sectors, as we know from our data that these are significant sources over which we have control or influence in Cumbria. Read more about those here. 

There was support across the board for the pace and scale of the emissions reductions proposed – with the proviso that the full implications of any actions are identified. For example, constraints on people’s mobility (e.g. through disability) must be considered when designing infrastructure for active travel. 

Delegates identified actions that they can support in some form – whether that’s communicating to and inspiring their networks of employees or clients, changing policies, contributing capacity or capability to ZCCP or sourcing funds.  

Some of the actions focussed on –; encouraging organisations to continue to be innovative and share their knowledge and experiences through  eg webinars and case studies 

We also explored the role of national and local government in enabling and embedding change through legislation and policy that facilitates climate action and sustainability. 

The importance of good communication and engagement to bring people, communities and organisations along with the changes in behaviour needed was a strong and common theme throughout the workshops.  

Next steps will be to unpack the emissions data further so that we can identify what impact the proposed actions will have on carbon emissions. From this we can identify any major gaps between our target and our plans. We will be firming up commitments from delegates and those who were unable to join us on the day and moving from planning decarbonisation to action, monitoring and feedback.  

We were joined on the day by our delivery partner, Shared Futures. They developed a ‘Problem tree’ with delegates – which dug down to the roots of the barriers in achieving net zero by 2037 – intelligence which will be used to define the topics to be covered by one (or two, tbc) citizens juries on climate change to be held later in the year in Cumbria. 

If you missed the Summit this year, don’t worry, we’ll be starting to make plans for Zero Carbon Cumbria Summit 2025 soon! 

This year’s summit was made possible by the support of Northern Eco Installations, GSL Grant Store, Lake District National Park, Multi Source Power, Westmorland and Furness Council and National Lottery Community Fund. 

Interested in getting involved? – get in touch with the Partnership Manager here 

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