Boris Johnson wants to create a long-term legacy from the G7 Summit, taking place in Carbis Bay this weekend. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Boris Johnson wants to create a long-term legacy from the G7 Summit, taking place in Carbis Bay this weekend. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Cornwall to become first ‘net zero region’ of Britain

Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced he will back plans to make Cornwall the first net zero region of the UK, as he aims to create a long-term legacy from the G7 Summit, which is taking place in Carbis Bay this weekend.

Working with Natural England (NE) and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the government says it will remove an estimated 440,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in Cornwall through the reforestation and restoration of wetlands. 

The government has also announced a package of measures to help individuals and companies take steps to reduce their carbon footprint, including up to £1m of innovation funding earmarked for businesses in Cornwall to support their development of technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and energy storage. 

Cornwall will also be established as a pilot area for a new e-bike support scheme.

In addition - subject to full business case approval - Cornwall will receive up to £150,000 to design and build ‘Kernosat’, a small satellite which will be used to monitor the local environment, with the potential for it to be launched from a UK spaceport next year.

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Biodiversity in the region is declining in Cornwall at a faster rate than the UK average. Over the last 30 years the populations of almost half of breeding birds have declined and half of land mammals and almost two-thirds of butterflies are found in fewer places.

To reverse this decline, the government, NE and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, is also launching a major land restoration and regeneration programme across 21,000 hectares of land. This nature recovery project involves planting trees, restoring peat, making improvements to water quality, recreating scarce habitats and reintroducing lost and declining species such as dormice and the marsh fritillary butterfly.

Johnson said: “As the eyes of the world look to Cornwall this week, not only will they see an area of outstanding beauty, they will witness a region that is innovative, exciting and looking firmly towards a bright future.

“The exciting projects we have announced today are a fitting legacy for a region playing host to some of the most important diplomatic talks in a generation. As the world builds back better from coronavirus, Cornwall will lead the way.”

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