The Policy Analysis team assesses the challenges and issues for the transition to a Low Carbon region and identifies practical, deliverable recommendations to facilitate the change. Our work seeks to inform and advocate for the Western Region in the low carbon transition as part of the social and economic development of the Western Region. The team also makes the case for quality energy infrastructure which is essential both for economic growth and development in the Western Region and for the low carbon transition.

Low Carbon

There are opportunities and challenges ahead and we need to understand the scale and scope of the actions required to reduce emissions and increase the use of renewable energy in our region. By looking at the ways people use energy in the Western Region (in buildings, transport and electricity) we get a better understanding of the issues to be addressed to reduce emissions, and some of the opportunities this may bring.

Renewable Energy

The Western Region has significant natural resources and the WDC is working to ensure that these can be used sustainably by renewable energy enterprises, providing jobs and bringing investment into the region, as well as providing competitive local energy sources and keeping energy spending within our region and our country.

Electricity

A high-quality, reliable electricity infrastructure is essential for enterprises operating in the Western Region, and for attracting new business to the region. Better electricity infrastructure will also facilitate the development of renewable energy businesses. The WDC therefore continues to highlight electricity infrastructural and regulatory issues as they affect the Western Region.

Gas

Much of the North West remains without access to natural gas infrastructure. The WDC believes that this infrastructure would contribute to the development of the region. It would reduce energy costs for businesses and domestic users and has with lower CO2 emissions than other fossil fuels. The infrastructure has a role to play in the support of renewable generation and in future could transmit renewable or biogas.