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  • Published: May 29th, 2010
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Merseyside to become UK’s largest low-carbon economy

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Local authorities in and around Liverpool have been given the power to create the UK’s largest low-carbon economy in Merseyside.

According to housing and planning minister John Healey, the government will green light a number of schemes in the area to raise skills levels, create new jobs and develop transport links.

This will all take place in a low-carbon framework, meaning that plans will be developed in a sustainable way that minimises the emission of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Phil Woolas, regional minister for the northwest, suggested that the new plans would help Liverpool re-emerge “once again as a world-class city.”

“The city region is absolutely crucial to the northwest as it’s one of the economic powerhouses of the region.

“Over recent years its economic performance has been impressive, outstripping both regional and national rates.”

Councils in Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral, Sefton and Halton will work together to meet a series of key targets, including the creation of a knowledge economy across Merseyside.

Mr Healey added that the agreement would give the authorities the power to create as many as 6,000 new green jobs.

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