When Nottingham city council announced in January that it intended to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city by 2028, it was the latest step in years of ambitious, innovative and forward-thinking environmental policymaking that has already yielded breathtaking results. It met its 2020 target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26% four years early; more than 40% of all journeys in Nottingham are made on public transport and solar panels have been installed on more than 4,000 council houses. Energy consumption of council buildings has been cut by 39% and it is on track to generate 20% of its energy from low-carbon sources by next year. And last year the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs concluded that the city’s air pollution had fallen so much that a Clean Air Zone was not needed. The council’s vision and tenacity was recognised on Tuesday night when it was named the overall winner in the Guardian’s Public Service Awards.
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