South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis has announced the opening of the South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre, which will see collaboration between researchers, businesses and organisations throughout the region on achieving net zero by 2050.
It will be led by the University of Sheffield and see projects including how to decarbonise transport routes, retrofitting housing, cutting the emissions of the food and heavy industry sectors, as well as focusing on biodiversity.
The centre has also received £5 million in funding from Research England.
Dan Jarvis said: “I’ve made it my mission to create a stronger, greener, fairer South Yorkshire economy and our investment in the Sustainability Centre will catalyse our region’s plan to reach net zero emissions by 2040, unlock good green jobs and grow and attract new businesses and investment.”
President of the University of Sheffield, Professor Koen Lamberts, added: “This new centre will provide a wealth of information and support for companies in South Yorkshire who want to decarbonise.
“It is collaborative in its approach but has been designed to move at pace and it will be flexible to the region’s ever changing environmental landscape.”