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  • How sustainable is your city?

    Two thirds of the global population are expected to live in urban areas by 2050. While cities are particularly susceptible to environmental change, they are also home to some of the most innovative and powerful solutions.

    To accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, cities around the world are committing to carbon reduction and carbon neutral targets. Nottingham is a prime example – this January the City Council announced plans for Nottingham to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028. Nottingham’s transport system is a key focus area for decarbonisation. The City Council has invested in a fleet of electric, biogas and retrofitted buses and has worked on renewable energy generation projects such as the solar vehicle-to-grid project. To complement state investment in sustainable infrastructure, the Council is also looking at a range of schemes that involve innovative technologies, such as battery storage for solar energy.

    Nottingham is not the only UK city invested in a low-carbon transition, both London and Liverpool are also home to carbon reduction strategies, such as the use of electric vehicle networks (London) and the use of blockchain to deliver a carbon credit system (Liverpool).

    The transition to sustainable cities presents opportunities for low-carbon innovators and entrepreneurs alike.

    How sustainable is your city? Do you have a bright idea to help make the place you live more sustainable? Let us know how and share your ideas below!