Credit: Nottingham City Council

Nottingham is on track to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028, according to a review of the city’s action plan.

The plan was published in June 2020 in an attempt to make cuts on emissions from transport, waste, water and energy generation and consumption.

Councillor Sally Longford, Deputy Leader for the council and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Services, said: “We have achieved a lot in the first year of delivering the Carbon Neutral 2028 Action Plan, and I’m delighted to share the first annual review summary.

“This is a city-wide target, so it’s really important that we instil a sustainable mindset across everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the city.

“We’ve had brilliant engagement with businesses, the universities, and citizens of Nottingham so far, and we will be building on our successes and overcoming our challenges as we move into the second year of delivery.

The city has reduced its C02 emissions per head by 52% since 2005- the biggest reduction made by any core UK city in the same timeframe.

In the year up to July 2021, over 130 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points were installed across the city, including 81 at the Broad Marsh car park – the most for a single site in the UK. Many more installations are planned for the coming year.

While initial progress on the action plan has been positive, local residents and businesses are being urged to get involved to see how they can help contribute to the ambitious goal which will improve the health and vitality of the city.