“Nottingham City Council has responded to the climate and
environmental crisis by setting an ambition to become the first
carbon neutral city in the UK by 2028. In keeping with Nottingham’s
proud tradition of climate leadership, our carbon neutral charter sets
out a vision for sustainable carbon neutrality on behalf of the
Council and the city’s Green Partnership.
At the heart of this shared vision is an approach that not only
positively addresses wider environmental challenges, but improves
quality of life and builds a new form of clean growth for our
economy through a green industrial revolution.
The science is clear; we need to act urgently to reduce our carbon
emissions to limit global temperature rise to below 1.5oC, and so
prevent devastating impacts around the world and closer to home. It
also shows we need to prepare for a changing climate.
Climate Change is a long-lasting and universal problem that will
affect everyone, particularly our most vulnerable citizens. It is also
one that significantly affects the young of today and for generations
to come. We are the stewards for the world they will inherit, and it is
an essential role of local authorities to protect the security and
welfare of those citizens who depend upon us.
We are continuing our work to create a prosperous, fair and resilient
city for this and future generations.
We have been at the forefront of what local authorities can achieve.
The Nottingham Climate Change Declarations and our current
strategies for energy and climate change have driven forward our
progress and inspired others to do so.
The actions we have taken have made a real difference to people’s
homes, businesses, transport and to the way the Council operates.
We’ve met our 2020 energy strategy emissions target early of
reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 26% from 2005 levels.
The most recent figures from 2017 show a reduction of 41% for the
city and 49% per person.
We believe the approach we are taking will bring multiple benefits to
the citizens, businesses and organisations of Nottingham. Our
carbon neutral charter sets out the principles, priorities and
definitions of this approach, building on our previous successes and
state-of-the-art knowledge.
This is one of the most important and complex challenges any
society has faced, which is why the Council has taken it to the core
of how it operates, and why it is so pleased to be working with
Green Partnership members to provide a genuine citywide
response that can engage and support everyone in the city to take
action.
We all have a role to play in this, but we all have something to gain
by finding more sustainable ways to live and work. Together with
city partners, we will be creating new Climate Change and Energy
plans for the next decade, to help set in motion this ambitious work
and turn words into actions.
Whilst we rightly celebrate the success that Nottingham has had,
we know this is only the beginning. Together this Council, our
partners and citizens of this city can take forward the ambitions of a
locally responsible global city. There is a way forward on this vital
issue, and we believe that this plan is something Nottingham can be
proud of in ensuring we are on the right track.”
Councillor Sally Longford
Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Energy,
Environment and Democratic Services

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