Vision For Plymouth
Theme 2: A Green City
A Green City
To be one of Europe's greenest cities. Plymouth will be a place where:
- Our ambition to be a carbon neutral city by 2050 and halving carbon emissions by 2034 is met by:
- Conserving energy in our homes, businesses and modes of travel.
- Increasing the proportion of energy from local renewable, decentralised and low carbon sources.
- Supporting co-operative action on energy.
- A thriving green economy is achieved, with a skilled and growing workforce.
- A high quality and functional network of natural spaces provides for the needs of people, wildlife and businesses, now and in the future.
- An ambitious housing and social policy is delivered which ensures affordable warmth, addresses fuel poverty, provides healthier homes, and supports local people in accessing cheaper and green energy.
- A transport system is provided that responds to emerging technological changes for electric and low carbon forms of transport, and delivers a step-change in walking, cycling, and public transport as the travel modes of choice for those living in and visiting the city.
- Ambitious recycling rates are achieved and Plymouth is a virtually nil-to-landfill city.
- People and communities are aware of, value and contribute to the sustainability of the environment around them and are empowered to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
- Bathing waters are healthy to bathe in at all times, the area is resilient to flooding.
- Clean air is enjoyed and Plymouth has some of the cleanest air of any city in the country.
- Known for its food - exceptional quality, locally grown, available to all; with Plymouth building on its reputation as a 'sustainable food city'.
Plymouth provides some of the best environments and opportunities for quality of life of any city in the United Kingdom. The city aspires to be amongst the greenest and most sustainable places in Europe.
Plymouth itself has been recognised as one of Forum for the Future's leading 'green' cities and has a strong reputation in promoting sustainable development. For example, in recent years Plymouth has almost doubled the area of land designated as Local Nature Reserves, supported 2,500 improvements in home energy efficiency, delivered a major programme to supply schools with low cost renewable energy, installed electric car charging points around the city, delivered new walking and cycling initiatives, delivered personalised travel planning to over 84,000 households, seen major new investment in water infrastructure by South West Water, and launched a programme of work to establish the UK's first National Marine Park within Plymouth Sound.
A reduction in the city's carbon emissions by 50 per cent on 2005 levels is deliverable provided that a multi-faceted programme of carbon reducing measures is delivered, securing a step-change in green energy, energy efficiency and sustainable travel. This would be a significant move towards supporting the UK government's target for 2050 of an 80 per cent reduction on 2005 levels, as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008. Other major outcomes that are within reach include delivering substantial progress towards overcoming fuel poverty in the city, and taking care and management of the city's precious natural environment to even higher levels and engaging all of the city's schools in an environmental learning network.