NN2NZ: North Northamptonshire to Net Zero

Creating a cost and risk adjusted road map for North Northamptonshire to achieve a just and fair transition to net zero ahead of 2050.

This was a twelve month programme funded by the UK government’s Community Renewal Fund to identify, review and recommend the best holistic strategic options that would best take the region to net zero. We assessed over 15,000 existing and potential projects and initiatives for their potential feasibility and contribution to reaching net zero carbon. We identified a draft set of initiatives that would close the gap and take the region to net zero if taken up levels were as reasonably forecast. We considered a range of strategies for implementing the take-up of these initiatives, and recommended a lowest risk-adjusted cost approach.

We tested and triangulated our carbon assessment metrics with Cranfield University and leading subject matter experts , culminating in 17 in depth leading edge reports and feasibility studies on relevant concepts and technologies.

Using our findings, we drafted a recommended roadmap of programmes with likely costs and timings for each sector of the economy including: transport, buildings, energy, commerce & industry, food, farming and forestry sectors. 

We surveyed 1,281 different people and organisations from SME’s through to the largest regional emitter – Tata’s Corby Steelworks, on their views and likely take-up of different initiatives, leading to refinements in our approach to influencing behaviour change.

This led to our recommended way to manage their implementation through a 2NZ coordinating body.