As per the central government statistics available, Nottingham City Council has smashed its climate change targets four years early.
The data shows a 33 percent reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, beating a target set by Nottingham City Council to reach a 26 percent reduction by 2020.
This puts Nottingham top of all the core cities – the largest cities in the UK outside London – with the greatest reduction in emissions and the lowest emissions per person. Nottingham is now producing almost three tons less of CO2 per year per person than it was in 2005.
Councillor Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, said, “It’s a great achievement to have met this important target four years early. Nottingham is at the forefront of sustainability awareness and these latest figures maintain the city’s position as the UK’s most energy self-sufficient city.
“Data shows that since 2011-12 there has been a significant fall in the city’s carbon emissions due to a reduction in domestic energy use. This coincides with our program of energy saving investments in social housing such as external wall insulation programs which have also been open to private owners and the installation of solar panels on over 4,000 of council house roof tops.”
“There has been a real move towards sustainability in the city with a wide range of organizations in the public, private and voluntary sectors carrying out vital work to reduce our environmental impact. Beating our target is a fantastic recognition of the efforts across the city to achieve this aim,” Clark added.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport, added, “A significant part of this reduction – around 13 percent– is due to the popularity of public transport, cycling and walking in Nottingham.”
The city has Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses, the addition of the new Chilwell and Clifton tram routes and £6.1m invested in improving cycling routes to provide great alternatives to using cars to get around the city.
Government-funded initiatives like innovative low emission transport options – electric charging infrastructure, all-electric buses, electric taxis, gas-powered buses and improved travel planning for businesses and their staff also contribute to reducing environmental impact of transport in Nottingham.