How will the city of Nottingham, a former industrial and major coal hub, be climate neutral by 2028?
In practice, this means cutting emissions by 20% a year between now and then!
Wayne Bexton, the Director of Carbon Reduction, Energy and Sustainability of the Nottingham City Council, explains how the city reconciles environmental sustainability objectives with social and economic ones through integrated work programmes involving all local stakeholders. Wayne explains how Nottingham has succeeded in creating a new ‘industrial revolution’ that is transforming the perception of residents, including former miners, of their city and accompanying the net-zero transition. The city is carrying out ambitious regeneration programmes to actively address energy poverty, which include crucial public health aspects – reinforced by the improvement of air quality at the regional level.
Wayne also talks about the regulatory challenges that the city faces. He outlines his hopes for decentralised technologies and energy communities “to produce locally, use locally and then that should better reduce rates, reduce tariffs” to increase the uptake of renewable energy and further reduce emissions.
Find here Nottingham’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan.
Wayne Bexton is the Director of Carbon Reduction, Energy and Sustainability at Nottingham City Council. He has worked in public sector energy and sustainability for over 15 years. Find Wayne on Twitter @ClimateBex
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