Climate change has become a cause for concern across the world. The last 4-year period has been the warmest on record, extreme weather events are becoming more severe and common, where July 2019 recorded the highest UK temperature of 38.7°C.

A big factor in the change in our climate is the impact of gases, mainly CO2, in trapping heat in the atmosphere. This has led to over 300 local authorities declaring climate emergencies and the realisation of the need to rapidly reduce carbon emissions to zero.

Our plan

The Carbon Neutral Action Plan sets out high-level objectives to achieve a resilient and sustainable carbon-neutral Nottingham by 2028.

CN28 Action Plan Review – Year 1, 2020-2021 

The document is broken down into four main sections, covering a range of themes:

  • Carbon Reduction Measures (including transport, the built environment, energy generation, waste and water, and consumption)
  • Carbon Removal
  • Resilience and Adaption
  • Ecology and Biodiversity

This 251-point plan sets out where we in Nottingham need to go and focuses on the actions the council and others can take now. Together we can make Nottingham the UK's first carbon-neutral city, bringing benefits to all who live in, work in, and visit the city.

To find out more about Nottingham’s approach to carbon neutrality and citywide emissions analysis, read Nottingham’s 2028 Carbon Neutral Charter.

Current progress

Nottingham has reduced its overall CO2 emissions per capita by 52.3%, the highest reduction of any UK core city. During the first year of delivery, significant achievements have been made to help continue the downward trend of CO2 emissions in the city.

Take a look at the highlights from 2020-21:


The full Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028 Action Plan Review has all of the first year's achievements and a preview of what's coming next.

Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028 Action Plan

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