We're delighted to share the fantastic work that is happening on carbon reduction and sustainability across the City, helping us be the first carbon neutral City in the UK by 2028.

Here you’ll read about our work on tackling fuel poverty, sustainable travel, green spaces and renewable energy.

Read our Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028 special edition of the Arrow 


Transport in Nottingham

In 2019, 31% of Nottingham’s total CO2 emissions came from our transport network of which, nearly all comes from cars, vans, lorries and buses.

Action is needed to reduce car journeys, increase cycling and walking, improve public transport and transition to more low emission vehicles. Through this, we can achieve better air quality, mobility and health for our citizens

Current activities, actions and programmes:

  • Workplace Parking Levy (WPL)
  • Investment in biogas and electric bus fleet
  • Personal journey planning and shared transport solutions
  • Hackney and private hire vehicle strategy
  • 45% of Nottingham City Council owned fleet is ULEV, 100% by 2028
  • Go Ultra Low Nottingham – building charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.


The Built Environment

Nottingham has over 135,000 domestic properties of which around 26,000 are social housing owned by the City Council.

Since 2012, over 7,000 social and private hard-to-treat homes have been insulated with over 4,000 social housing properties benefiting from solar panels. In 2020/21, Nottingham City Council secured over £13m funding for domestic energy efficiency retrofits with over 1,200 homes set to benefit from the domestic retrofit programme.

In the coming decade, Nottingham will have to improve the efficiency of all buildings to reduce the demand for energy. We will need to heat our buildings with low carbon and/or renewable heating, change our behaviours towards energy reduction and increase the adoption of energy efficiency technologies in both commercial and domestic buildings.

Current activities, actions and programmes:

  • Over 40,000 energy efficiency measures in local homes
  • Nottingham City Homes have installed 14,221 boilers, 4,140 loft installations and 12,588 cavity wall measures
  • A project called REMOURBAN has involved treating over 400 homes with energy saving measures to make them warmer and reduced energy bills
  • The delivered efficiencies within the District Heating Scheme network have enabled new connections to take place


Energy Generation

Nottingham has been active in helping to decarbonise electricity. For instance, by December 2020, over 6,400 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations had been deployed across the city. We will need to take action to significantly expand local low carbon sources of energy with the capacity to store energy within the city and to be recognised as a test bed for new energy generating technologies.

Current activities, actions and programmes:

  • An extensive heat network linked to Energy-from-Waste
  • Solar PV programme on City Council owned estate and on properties across the city
  • Nottingham has pioneered innovative approaches to renewables, such as solar carports, and working with partners to combine solar PV with domestic, community and commercial energy storage facilities
  • Nottingham hosts the government (BEIS) funded Midlands Energy Hub to develop local energy action, and is working with partners to support the D2N2 Energy Strategy
  • Broadmarsh PV will generate 190,000 Kwh per year, enough to power over 50 domestic homes



The goods we buy have emissions involved in their manufacturing and transport, with items often being shipped from around the world. Food and drink in particular have a big impact on wider and imported emissions, as well as the wider environment and our use of finite resources.

Areas for reducing emissions include reducing meat and dairy, reducing transport miles, and sourcing from less energy intensive forms of production.

Current activities, actions and programmes:

  • Development of a sustainable food strategy for Nottingham
  • Use of local suppliers by Nottingham City Council’s Catering Services to reduce food miles and reducing food waste in school kitchens
  • Reducing single-use consumption products, particularly plastics


Ecology & Biodiversity

Climate change is resulting in reduced biodiversity, reduced habitats and increased pressure on all natural and green spaces. The pandemic has shown how important our green spaces, with their plants and animals, are for helping us connect with nature and provide peace and solace from the difficult times, as well critically playing a significant role in reduction of adverse impacts from climate change.

Current activities, actions and programmes:

  • Our Tiny forest projects continue with a view to planting towards the end of 2021
  • We have planted 14,500 new trees so far with an aim of planting 50,000 trees in total by 2023
  • We have reduced the number of times we mow the grass in some areas to allow more wildflowers to grow attracting more bees and insects to pollinate the flowers


Water & Waste

Only 7.1% of Nottingham city waste ends up on landfill though with the vast majority that cannot be recycled going to be incinerated.

Nottingham City Council has saved over 96,000m3 of water during 2020/21 by identifying leaks and better water management.

In 2018-19, 113,000 tonnes of household waste was produced by Nottingham, of which 26.5% was reused, recycled or composted, 64.5% was sent for energy recovery; and 7.0% was sent for landfill.

Actions are needed to reduce the volume of all waste and eliminate it from landfill, increase the reuse and recycling of waste, and use the rest for energy. Water use must be managed effectively.

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