The region’s approach to tackling climate change has been developing for a number of years, and was catalysed into the Northwest ClimateChangeAction Plan (CCAP) in late 2006. This was later refreshed in 2009 to reflect the 2008 ClimateChangeAct and the Low Carbon Transition Plan. The CCAP sought to bring together the key partners at regional and local level to accelerate and coordinate activity to deliver the vision of ‘A Low Carbon and Well Adapting Northwest by 2020’, and was a transformational action within the Regional Economic Strategy. The CCAP  consisted of 18 overarching actions to be delivered by the public, private and third sectors under the following objectives; Clean and Secure Energy, Smarter use of carbon, Opportunities for growth, A well adapting region, and Catalysing action.
As a part of the ClimateChangeAction Plan, the region sought to integrate climate change into regional policy development (including the RES, and Future Northwest: Our Shared Priorities), and previously in housing and transport strategies. The CCAP also seeded the development of a range of regional and sub-regional climate change strategies.
The Northwest Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) sought to overcome a number of market failures in the region on climate change, in particular:
- Externalities – where actions by one firm or individual create benefits (or costs) that are not captured by (or are not borne by) that firm or individual
- Information Deficiencies – a lack of understanding about the effect and impact of climate change (and how to mitigate this impact), and a lack of information on low carbon technologies, renewable energy and the cost of these
- Public Goods – the private sector or individuals will not feel they are responsible (or should bear the costs) for generating benefits for society as a whole through carbon reduction