Nottingham’s approach is to tackle the challenge in a way that maximises the benefit to all citizens and businesses. We will prioritise actions that bring improvements to our economy, health and society. Acting now gives us the greatest benefit and will help improve our quality of life for this and future generations. Small actions, taken together, add up to real change.

Download your copy of the citizen information leaflet to see what you can do to help


What YOU can do to reduce your impact on the environment and help Nottingham become the UK’s first carbon neutral city.


  • Take the bus or tram for journeys within the city
  • Try walking or cycling for short journeys
  • Share car journeys with friends or family when using a car is needed
  • Join a car club instead of buying a new car
  • If a new car is necessary, consider an electric vehicle or a hybrid
  • Use the train or coach for longer journeys
  • Explore ways to reduce your need to travel, such as working from home or video calling

  • Try meat free Mondays, just reducing meat and dairy can have a big impact on emissions
  • Try a low carbon recipe, using seasonal, sustainable and local foods
  • Buy second hand clothes and house ware
  • Use a reusable cup and lunchbox
  • Use seasonal locally grown fruit and vegetables, including grow your own
  • Find out if there are any social eating events in your area

  • Replace light bulbs with LED
  • Turn off lights when not needed
  • Aim to heat your house to 180C and 210C
  • Service your boiler to improve its efficiency 
  • Look into installing renewable energy such as solar panels
  • Visit the Warm Homes Hub for information and advice on simple tips to reduce energy and save on your utility bills.

  • Spend 1 minute less in your shower and save £30 a year
  • Reduce food waste only buying what you need, and using what you buy through better storage and planning of meals
  • Reuse items and sell unwanted goods, instead of throwing them away
  • Buy a reusable bottle and take advantage of #Refill stations across the city 
  • Increase your recycling and look to compost your food waste at home or in a community garden