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What is the climate crisis

Our changing climate is having a devastating impact on humans across the world. The last 4-year period has been the warmest on record, with extreme and devastating weather events such as floods and heatwaves becoming more and more severe and common, where July 2022 recorded the highest ever UK temperature of 40.3°C and 2023 was the warmest year ever recorded.

The main cause of the change in our climate is increased global heating caused by human produced ‘greenhouse’ gases, mainly carbon dioxide(CO2), which traps heat in the atmosphere. This urgency of this situation has led to over 300 local authorities in the UK declaring climate & ecological emergencies and the realisation of the serious need to significantly reduce carbon emissions to as close to zero as possible.

Nottingham’s ambition

To address climate change, in 2019, Nottingham City Council declared a climate and ecological emergency and, along with its partners, set an ambition to be the first carbon neutral city in the UK by 2028. This goal is known as Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028, or CN28.

The CN28 website provides all the latest information on how the Council and the City is working towards CN28, news and ways local people, businesses and organisations can get contribute.

How will we achieve CN28?

CN28 can’t be achieved by Nottingham City Council alone, it’s a city-wide ambition that requires everyone living and working in Nottingham plays their part. The Council is working with businesses, voluntary groups, residents, and community organisations to help them reduce their carbon emissions, in areas like transport, energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation.

Read about our mission here,CN28 - Our Mission and learn more about our work on sustainable travel, energy efficiency of homes, and more.

Find out how you can get involved in making Nottingham a carbon neutral city by visiting the website.

Discover the city’s approach to carbon neutrality and citywide emissions analysis in Nottingham’s 2028 Carbon Neutral Charter

What the Council is doing

Nottingham City Council is working hard to reduce its own carbon footprint. In 2022/23, its emissions fell by 20% compared to the previous year.

The council’s fleet of vehicles is being converting to ULEV or EVs, solar panels are being installed at many council sites, social homes are being made warmer and more energy efficient using government grants, and we’re helping people travel around the city more sustainably by providing e-bikes, better cycling and walking facilities and improving public transport.

For more information on these and many more, go to the Carbon Neutral Nottingham website.

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