Clean Energy Declaration

We want clean energy to power the North
Clean Energy Declaration

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.


Lymm Community Energy Ltd, Cheshire                 Brampton and Beyond Energy Ltd, Cumbria
Transition Wilmslow, Cheshire   Community Energy Cumbria, Cumbria
  Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Cumbria
Durham Greenpeace, Durham Energy4All, Cumbria
  Sustainable Energy Eden Ltd, Cumbria
East Yorkshire Greenpeace, East Yorkshire Sustainable KeswickCumbria
Brunswick Parish Church, Greater Manchester
Brunswick Parish Church, Greater Manchester
Bury Community Hydro, Greater Manchester
Carbon Co-op, Greater Manchester
Cooler Projects CICGreater Manchester
Deeplish Community Centre, Greater Manchester
Fossil Free Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester
Frack Free Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester Community Renewables Ltd., Greater Manchester
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
My Green Investment CICGreater Manchester
Oldham Community Power, Greater Manchester
Openspace Co-operative, Greater Manchester
Salford City Council, Greater Manchester
St John's Sunshine, Greater Manchester
Standish Voice, Greater Manchester
Steady State Manchester, Greater Manchester
The Carbon Literacy Trust, Greater Manchester
Whitemoss Youth Club, Greater Manchester

Frack Free GlossopHigh Peak
The Environmental Quality Mark CICHigh Peak

Business Hive Club, Humberside
Grimsby Renewables Partnership, Humberside
Hull Friends of the Earth, Humberside

Blackpool Greenpeace, Lancashire
Frack Free Lancashire, Lancashire
Morecambe Bay Community RenewablesLancashire
N.E. Lanc Trades Union Council, Lancashire
Ormskirk and District Friends of the Earth, Lancashire
Preston Greenpeace, Lancashire
Renewable Energy Alliance Lancashire, Lancashire
Residents Action of Fylde Fracking, Lancashire
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, Lancashire
Roseacre Awareness Group, Lancashire
The Nanas, Lancashire
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside, Lancashire

Liverpool Community RenewablesMerseyside
Liverpool Friends of the Earth, Merseyside
Merseyside Environmental Trust, Merseyside
Merseyside Greenpeace, Merseyside
CLASP Network, Merseyside

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Tees Valley
Newcastle Greenpeace, Tyne and Wear
North Tyneside Friends of the Earth, Tyne and Wear
Tynedale Greenpeace, Tyne and 
Harrogate District Friends of the Earth, North Yorkshire
Harrogate Greenpeace, North Yorkshire
Middlesbrough Environment City, North Yorkshire
York Greenpeace, North Yorkshire
York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Coast Greenpeace, North

Carbon Neutral University Network, Sheffield University, South Yorkshire
People and Planet Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Sheffield Climate Alliance, South Yorkshire
Energise Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Renewable Upper Don Energy, South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Greenpeace, South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Housing Association, South Yorkshire

Diocese of Leeds Justice and Peace Commission, West Yorkshire
Global Justice Bradford, West Yorkshire
Huddersfield Friends of the Earth, West Yorkshire
Huddersfield Greenpeace, West Yorkshire
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
Baildon Friends of the Earth, West Yorkshire
Middleton Primary School, West Yorkshire
Pennine Community Power, West Yorkshire
St Helen's Sandal, West Yorkshire
St Paul's Walton, West Yorkshire