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Net Zero North West Industrial Cluster Plan 

The Net Zero North West (NZNW) Cluster Plan will create a deliverable investment, technology and infrastructure blueprint for the North West’s net zero transition and low carbon recovery post-COVID-19. It will recommend the technologies, infrastructure changes and investment necessary to transition the North West, working with North East Wales, to net zero carbon by 2040. We are working with a consortium of partners and consultants to deliver the final report and the investment case.

The Net Zero North West Investment Case has been published. This Draft Outline Business Case was commissioned to develop the strategy for investment in decarbonisation as part of the industrial cluster mission.

Investment Case

North West Cluster



Invest Net Zero Cheshire 

Invest Net Zero Cheshire has developed a roadmap to net zero that will drive inward investment into the low carbon energy projects already identified or underway, across renewables, hydrogen, carbon capture, energy storage, and smart grids.

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Natural Capital Audit and Investment Plan

Natural capital is critical in building our resilience to climate change and as part of long-term sustainable growth. As part of our Quality of Place Strategy, and the Strategic Economic Plan, the need was identified for a Natural Capital Audit and Investment Plan, and we worked with several partners to commission the work in 2020, with a completion date in 2021.  

The work is providing a detailed baseline for the provision of blue and green infrastructure and is developing initial proposals for an investment pipeline of projects that could, amongst other things, reduce the risk of flooding, increase the amount of carbon stored in the natural environment and improve air quality. 

Case studies include sustainable agricultural production, carbon sequestration and biodiversity enhancement including examining the use of peatland restoration, water quality and flow improvements (and biodiversity enhancement).  The work is identifying locations where multiple strategic themes overlap with the potential to deliver multiple benefits at the same time.  

Natural Capital Audit and Investment Plan

NCAIP case studies report

NCAIP future financing report

NCAIP workshop report

NCAIP intervention and investment opportunities report

NCAIP natural capital audit and policy analysis report


North West Industrial Cluster Delivery Plan

Following the above work to define and describe the North West Industrial Cluster, and the substantial economic benefits associated with its decarbonisation, further work was commissioned to develop a North West Industrial Cluster Delivery Plan.  

The first report produced in this commission by Opergy highlighted the requirements for successful cluster delivery, the case for an intervention, and highlighted the shared industry view that an intervention would facilitate cluster delivery and increase the pace of change.  

Stage 1

North West Industrial Decarbonisation Cluster Plan

Download the Stage 1 interim report here

The second Opergy report explores options for an intervention, and highlights the benefits of a new industrial body to aid cluster delivery. Evaluation of possible business models results in a recommendation for a public-private partnership model, and the report explores strategic leadership, governance, and stakeholder engagement. 

Stage 2

Future Delivery of the North West Net Zero Cluster Plan

Download the Stage 2 report here

Following publication of this report, a tender was issued to appoint a small team who would bring forward these recommendations on behalf of public and private partners. Caielle ltd. and Opergy were successful in their bid for this invitation to tender and appointed to undertake this consultancy work in February 2024.