Peterborough, the ‘worst place to live in England’, leads the field in being green. Solar panels sparkle and electric cars glide in the much-maligned city, whose climate ambitions put the UK’s in the shade. In Peterborough, 11 per cent of homes have solar panels — a greater proportion than in any other local authority in Britain. Data suggests Peterborough is ahead of other areas with green reputations — including Bristol, voted the EU’s Green Capital in 2015, and Brighton, home to Britain’s only Green MP. As well as installing solar panels, residents have led the country in adopting electric vehicles. About 8 per cent of Peterborough’s vehicles are electric, the fifth highest rate in the country. The council is doing its bit. It has set an ambitious target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030, 20 years ahead of the rest of Britain, and is considering a range of solutions, from dimming street lights to running vehicles on biofuel. The council is under no overall control but the Conservatives are the largest party. Last year it launched the £2 million Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure project, which it hopes will deliver cheap, green energy to the whole city.
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