To consider the report of the Executive Director for Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy.
To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Baines.
The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy and Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval for the transfer of the NW Energy Hub to the Combined Authority, rebranding and the allocation of additional funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Councillor David Baines advised that the report formalised the transfer of the newly renamed North-West Net Zero Hub from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership into the Combined Authority. The Hub had been funded by BEIS and the transfer to the Combined Authority aligned to the net zero pathway goals and emerging action plan. The Hub would continue to provide support not just for the six local authorities but also across the wider North-West helping to develop net zero projects and supporting funding bids.
RESOLVED - that:
(a) the transfer of the North West Energy Hub from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Platform to the Combined Authority be approved;
(b) the change of name to the North West Net Zero Hub be approved;
(c) the change of focus and increased emphasis on zero carbon be noted;
(d) a delegation to the Director of Investment and Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency & Renewable Energy and the Executive Director Corporate Services be approved to allocate core and any additional funding allocated from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for the North West Net Zero Hub, currently c£2.5m.