Cllr. Sally Longford, Energy & Environment Portfolio Holder proposed the following motion today:
“This Council notes that Nottingham met its Energy Strategy target early (a 26% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions against 2005 by 2020) with reductions of emissions by 39% since 2005, equivalent to 43% per person. Nottingham is also on track to meet its 2020 target of 20% of energy generation from low carbon sources, due to a combination of a reduction in the City’s energy demand and its renewable energy projects programme. This Council has led the way to a more sustainable and green City by:
· Signing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in 2000 with a follow up in 2011
· £15 million investment in one of the UK’s largest electric bus fleets
· Investment in biogas and retrofitted buses
· Developing and expanding the electric tram network
· Improving cycling facilities, including bike hubs and a cycle hire scheme
· Significant investment in cycle corridors
· Introduction of the Workplace Parking Levy – tackling congestion and containing traffic growth, while generating funds to invest in public transport
· Installing solar panels on 4500 domestic properties across the city
· Working on innovative projects including our solar vehicle to grid project
· Retrofitting 400 homes with energy efficient measures through the REMOURBAN and Green HousING Project.
In the light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 Special Report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C” this Council heeds the call for urgent action within the next 12 years to avoid a climate crisis. Taking immediate action will help to protect Nottingham people from the consequences of irreversible climate change that would result in flooding, drought, heatwaves and other extreme weather events. This will also make a contribution to the international effort to cut carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, reducing the severity of rising sea levels, hazards, food security and impacts on global ecosystems.
This Council therefore resolves to lead the way nationally and play its part in the global effort against climate change by becoming a carbon neutral city by 2028