Helping to create a lower-carbon economy

Yorkshire & Humber has a long history of heavy industry and energy production. That has meant that we’ve also contributed heavily to the production of greenhouse gases, and therefore to global warming.

Yorkshire Forward is ambitious about creating a low-carbon economy in our region. Ours is the only UK region with an agreed target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—by 25% by 2016.

We’re helping businesses across the region to focus on reducing their greenhouse-gas emissions. We’re encouraging energy efficiency, new sources of energy, waste reduction (such as pollution and packaging), recycling and re-use, and more.

Promoting a lower-carbon economy

Yorkshire & Humber produces 90m tons of CO2 every year through industrial processes and power generation. Yorkshire Forward has ambitious targets for reducing this amount, and for managing waste output.

On this website, we’ve compiled some helpful advice for businesses on how they can promote lower-carbon working practices whilst also benefiting from business efficiencies which will boost profits.

Lower Carbon Economy brochure

Across the region there is huge scope to expand clean and renewable energy generation and to help businesses use energy efficiently. Our geography – with its land, ports and energy resources inland and offshore - further supports low carbon development. These strengths have led to the national designation of two ‘Low Carbon Economic Areas’ in Yorkshire and Humber.

These reflect internationally significant assets and cover Carbon Capture and Storage and Civil Nuclear. The region is also moving forward in other low carbon areas where it has key strengths and opportunities - including offshore wind, biorenewables and low carbon finance. You can find out more in our Low Carbon Economy brochure.