Edie’s new mini-series exploring how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions continues, this time with a look at how Nottingham plans to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city by 2028. The strategy aims to transform Nottingham into a carbon-neutral city by 2028, the earliest date set by a city to date. While extremely ambitious, the city has recorded emissions reductions of 41% since 2005, easing past its 2020 target of 26%. Nottingham is also on track to surpass a 2020 target of procuring 20% of its energy generation from low-carbon sources and will be refreshing this strategy next year. Nottingham has seen emissions from transport flatline despite population growth. While Nottingham does have the lowest ownership of cars for a city outside of London, shifts towards clean public transport and innovative commercial and domestic vehicle trials are seemingly paying off. To decarbonise transport, Nottingham City Council has invested in a fleet of hydrogen and biogas buses, a £15m investment into one of the UK’s largest electric bus fleets and a cycle hire scheme and bike storage hubs. It has additionally switched its entire tram network to 100% renewable power and introduced a Workplace Parking Levy for residents driving their cars to work, with all funds raised through the charge being ring-fenced for public transport projects.
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