Nottingham could become the first carbon neutral city in the UK after the City Council set itself an ambitious target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2028. The city has made good progress in this area, it has already far surpassed it’s 2020 target to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 26%, the reduction currently stands at 41%, from a 2005 baseline.
If Nottingham is to reach carbon neutrality by 2028 then local communities, organisations and businesses will need to work together with the city council to work out how to make Nottingham a more sustainable city whilst enabling people and businesses to reach their full potential.
This week the Nottingham Green Partnership came together to do just that. The partnership is a 25-year collaboration that includes a wide range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, all working together to make the city more sustainable and lower its environmental impact. The partnership officially launched its 2028 Charter for sustainable carbon neutrality, with an ever-growing number of partners not only endorsing the vision and agenda put forward by the Charter, but also pledging their support to play an active role in seeking to ensure Nottingham meets its ambitious carbon target and other sustainability objectives.
The Charter has a bold vision for a sustainable carbon neutral future for Nottingham. It sets out an approach that not only positively addresses wider environmental challenges, but also seeks to bring about a green industrial revolution for Nottingham, improving the local economy and quality of life for all citizens.
Richard Barlow, Chair of the City’s Green Partnership, said “By bringing this vision to life as a partnership, we can help safeguard Nottingham’s environment, economy and quality of life. This is an issue that is of the utmost importance, touching upon every part of our lives, and with a role for everyone. Through our partnership members, working together with citizens, organisations and businesses, I hope that the Green Partnership can ensure that this is very much a city-wide agenda and inspire action in our communities.”
Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said: “Climate change is a problem for everybody and every business, but it will hit the most vulnerable the hardest, this is why as a city council we are doing everything in our power to tackle this issue. We recognise that there is no pay off between people and environment and our plans for carbon neutrality will make Nottingham an even better place to live, work and visit.
There has been a real move towards sustainability in the city with a wide range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors carrying out vital work to reduce our environmental impact. It’s fantastic that this group is supporting the work towards the 2028 target and the vision of sustainability set out in the charter. This highlights how committed Nottingham organisations are to doing their bit to safeguard our environmental future, and how by working together, we can achieve so much more.”
2020 has been declared a year of ‘carbon neutral thinking’ for the city as the council and partners consider what they can do to help the city meets this target. More information about their aims can be found here https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/cn2028. Over this period the city council wants to engage and involve people in the development of new citywide plans; citizens, businesses and visitors can sign up here https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157236162803 to find out more and get involved.