Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nottingham 2028 Carbon Neutral (CN28) Charter & Action Plan

The initiative unfolds in two parts:

  • a Carbon Neutral Charter: the foundational and overarching strategy defining the actions needed to be taken,
  • an Action Plan: sets a strategy of specific tasks for accelerated decarbonisation with fixed timeframes.

The Charter details the methodology behind the carbon budget and emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to maximize benefits and avoid potential unintended adverse impacts on citizens. It lays out six sustainability themes: biodiversity and natural capital, energy, food, mobility, resource and resilience; with four cross-cutting objectives that relate them to wellbeing. One objective explicitly addresses wellbeing, while the other three are geared towards improving air quality, enabling a sustainable economy, and improving the built environment and sustainable communities, strongly promoting it. 

The Action Plan breaks down the work into time-bound tasks allocated to the City Council, its partners, and the central government, which are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Its first and largest section - Carbon Reduction - has 5 chapters: transport, built environment, energy generation, waste & water, and consumption. Following a list of benefits to citizen’s wellbeing, each chapter proceeds with a sizable catalog of actions.

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nottingham 2028 Carbon Neutral (CN28) Charter & Action Plan

The initiative unfolds in two parts:

  • a Carbon Neutral Charter: the foundational and overarching strategy defining the actions needed to be taken,
  • an Action Plan: sets a strategy of specific tasks for accelerated decarbonisation with fixed timeframes.

The Charter details the methodology behind the carbon budget and emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to maximize benefits and avoid potential unintended adverse impacts on citizens. It lays out six sustainability themes: biodiversity and natural capital, energy, food, mobility, resource and resilience; with four cross-cutting objectives that relate them to wellbeing. One objective explicitly addresses wellbeing, while the other three are geared towards improving air quality, enabling a sustainable economy, and improving the built environment and sustainable communities, strongly promoting it. 

The Action Plan breaks down the work into time-bound tasks allocated to the City Council, its partners, and the central government, which are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Its first and largest section - Carbon Reduction - has 5 chapters: transport, built environment, energy generation, waste & water, and consumption. Following a list of benefits to citizen’s wellbeing, each chapter proceeds with a sizable catalog of actions.

"The wellbeing of citizens has always been at the heart of our city’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2028. While taking the role of a climate leader, Nottingham also using the opportunity to improve quality of life within its boundaries, and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognised on a global platform through this prestigious set of awards. We very much look forward to joining a network of cities who are at the forefront when it comes to championing wellbeing."

Councillor Sally Longford
City of Nottingham, United Kingdom

* Disclosure: The Wellbeing Cities Award’s laureates and finalists were selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil rights protests. In the light of these new events, our events team is working to reflect these crucial changes in the program of the Wellbeing Cities Forum.

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