We want clean energy to power the North

The North of England was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century, and the heart of British industry in the twentieth. Today, we want the northern economy to play a leading role in the biggest transformation of the world’s infrastructure since the switch from wood to coal power.

The world is rising to the challenge of climate change, which means using new ways to meet our travel, energy, and communication needs. Now, after a winter of floods, we know this change can’t be delayed, and that new infrastructure has to be futureproof. Representing diverse organisations from across the north, we want clean energy to power our future.

The North is already designing, building and exporting the new low carbon products and services that the whole world wants and has committed to buy, from wind turbines to electric vehicles. Renewable energy, efficient homes and workplaces, and smart technologies will all support local jobs and businesses. And they enable communities to shape their own energy futures, as towns and villages across the North have done since Baywind in Cumbria, which was the UK’s first ever renewable energy co-operative.

The future we want is one with clean air, healthy people and resilient communities. We want to protect our astonishing landscapes, like Lindisfarne in the east and the Ainsdale Dunes in the west, from the devastating impacts of climate change.

To make this vision real, the 2016 Budget must enable us to develop and grow renewables for our region into the 2020s. The UK government should be celebrating clean energy as core to its economic plan. To cherish what we love about our region and reassert our place in the forefront of the world’s economy, we ask the Chancellor to back clean energy for the North. 

List of signatories to the declaration

Baildon Friends of the Earth, West Yorkshire
Blackpool Greenpeace, Lancashire
Brampton and Beyond Energy Ltd, Cumbria
Brunswick Parish Church, Greater Manchester
Bury Community Hydro, Greater Manchester
Business Hive Club, Humberside
Carbon Co-op, Greater Manchester
Carbon Neutral University Network, Sheffield University, South Yorkshire
CLASP Network, North West
Community Energy Cumbria, Cumbria
Cooler Projects CIC, Greater Manchester
Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Cumbria
Deeplish Community Centre, Greater Manchester
Diocese of Leeds Justice and Peace Commission, West Yorkshire
Durham Greenpeace, Durham
East Yorkshire Greenpeace, East Yorkshire
Energise Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Energy4All, Cumbria
Fossil Free Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester
Frack Free Glossop, High Peak
Frack Free Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester
Frack Free Lancashire, Lancashire
Global Justice Bradford, West Yorkshire
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester Community Renewables Ltd., Greater Manchester
Grimsby Renewables Partnership, Humberside
Harrogate District Friends of the Earth, North Yorkshire
Harrogate Greenpeace, North Yorkshire
Huddersfield Friends of the Earth, West Yorkshire
Huddersfield Greenpeace, West Yorkshire
Hull Friends of the Earth, Humberside
​Humber Local Enterprise Partnership
Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change, West Yorkshire
Leeds Community Energy, West Yorkshire
Leeds Greenpeace, West Yorkshire
Leeds Permaculture Network, West Yorkshire
Leeds Tidal, West Yorkshire
Liverpool Community Renewables , Merseyside
Liverpool Friends of the Earth, Merseyside
Lymm Community Energy Ltd, Cheshire
Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester
Manchester Climate Change Agency, Greater Manchester
Manchester Environmental Education Network , Greater Manchester
Manchester Friends of the Earth, Greater Manchester
Manchester Greenpeace, Greater Manchester
Manchester: A Certain Future, Greater Manchester
MERCi, Greater Manchester
Merseyside Environmental Trust, Merseyside
Merseyside Greenpeace, Merseyside
Middlesbrough Environment City, North Yorkshire
Middleton Primary School, West Yorkshire
Morecambe Bay Community Renewables, Lancashire
My Green Investment CIC, Greater Manchester
N.E. Lancs Trades Union Council , Lancashire
Newcastle City Council, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle Greenpeace, Tyne and Wear
North Tyneside Friends of the Earth, Tyne and Wear
Oldham Community Power, Greater Manchester
Openspace Co-operative, Greater Manchester
Ormskirk and District Friends of the Earth, Lancashire
Pennine Community Power, West Yorkshire
People and Planet Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Preston Greenpeace, Lancashire
Renewable Energy Alliance Lancashire, Lancashire
Renewable Upper Don Energy, South Yorkshire
Residents Action of Fylde Fracking , Lancashire
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, Lancashire
Roseacre Awareness Group, Lancashire
Salford City Council, Greater Manchester
Sheffield Climate Alliance, South Yorkshire
Sheffield Renewables, South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Greenpeace, South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Housing Association, South Yorkshire
St Helen's Sandal, West Yorkshire
St John's Sunshine, Greater Manchester
St Paul's Walton, West Yorkshire
Standish Voice, Greater Manchester
Steady State Manchester, Greater Manchester
Sustainable Energy Eden Ltd, Cumbria
Sustainable Keswick, Cumbria
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Tees Valley
The Carbon Literacy Trust, Greater Manchester
The Environmental Quality Mark CIC, High Peak
The Nanas, Lancashire
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside, Lancashire
Transition Wilmslow, Cheshire
Tynedale Greenpeace, Tyne and Wear
Whitemoss Youth Club, Greater Manchester
York Greenpeace, North Yorkshire
York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Coast Greenpeace, North Yorkshire