Smart City Sustainability Charter calls on world leaders to acknowledge the role cities can play in tackling climate change. Over 350 cities and organisations from around the world have backed a sustainability charter committing signatories to a raft of urban improvement efforts, encompassing issues such as air quality, the circular economy, climate resilience, clean transport and green elecriticy. Launched late last month, the Smart City Sustainability Charter urges world leaders to be guided by ten green principles during climate negotiations at the crucial COP26 summit in Glasgow in November, and the open letter has now attracted hundreds of backers worldwide. Cities to have joined the Charter so far include Amsterdam, Edmonton, Johannesburg, Lisbon, Philadelphia, Quebec, São Paulo, and Stuttgart, while the campaign is also being supported by organisations, such as, the Resilient Cities Network, WeGO (the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organisation), and Leading Cities. In the UK, Coventry and Bristol city councils have also signed the Charter, in addition to Nottingham Trent University. The principles, which were put forward by the SmartCitiesWorld’s city and industry expert advisory board, seek to underscore the need for support from national governments to help cities achieve net zero targets. They include principles aimed at boosting circular economy efforts in cities, encouraging the adoption of resilience strategies that better protect people from the effects of climate change, expanding green spaces, boosting clean air and renewable energy supply, and prioritising active or public transport over private road vehicles.
Business Green 27th Sept 2021 read more »
Low-income homeowners and private renters in Nottingham can apply to the City Council to have solar panels fitted to their properties free of charge, in a bid to reduce energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. Nottingham City Council has secured £4,367,540 from the Government’s Green Homes Grant to fit solar panels to around 655 properties in the city. This is the latest in a series of schemes which has seen the council use Government funding to install solar panels on over 4,000 social housing properties since 2012. The rollout, due to start next month, comes as energy prices are rising and concerns increase about the need for greener ways to heat and power homes. Installing solar panels is expected to save around £240 a year in electricity costs per household and would equate to a carbon saving of 440 tonnes over 655 properties. To be eligible for the scheme, the property must be in the City of Nottingham and have a low energy performance and the household income must be less than £30,000 a year.
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Local authorities across the country have been focusing on finding innovative ways to tackle carbon emissions and climate change, with many looking at how to invest in renewable energy and storage. Alastair Mumford, ADEPT Member, talks about how Devon County Council has been exploring how to stimulate the community energy sector and support local generation. Devon County Council (DCC) has cut its carbon footprint in half and is ahead of schedule in its commitment to become a net-zero authority by 2030. These carbon reductions are being achieved through various projects – one example is that we have converted all our streetlighting to low-emission LED lighting,
Environment Journal 27th Sept 2021 read more »