A major milestone in Peterborough’s plans to create the UK’s
Environment Capital was reached in October 2010 when Peterborough
City Council became the first UK city to sign a new high level eco
policy commitment. This is vital step forward demonstrates that
even in tough times the environment is at the top of the council’s
agenda. This new policy sits above all others and every decision
the council now takes must contribute towards protecting and
preserving Peterborough’s environment. With the adoption of the
major policy, the council has voted for Peterborough to create the
UK's Environment Capital.
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Creating the UK's Environment Capital - Major Policy
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Investors in the Environment
In 2012 we achieved the highest
level award in a green scheme for its commitment to improving the
city's environment. The city council took on the challenge to
achieve Green level accreditation in Peterborough Environment City
Trust's (PECT) Investors in the Environment scheme.
Investors in the Environment is a not for profit environmental
accreditation system administered by PECT aimed at helping
businesses, particularly small and medium sized businesses, save
money and reduce their impact on the environment.
The Nottingham Declaration
The Nottingham Declaration on Climate
ChangeIn 2004, Peterborough City Council signed the
Nottingham Declaration on climate change. This means that the
council acknowledges that climate change is occurring, and also
that it will have far reaching effects on the UK’s economy,
society, and environment. By adopting the aims of the Nottingham
Declaration, the council has committed itself to:
- Work with central government to contribute, at a local level,
to the delivery of the UK climate change programme.
- Prepare a plan with our local communities to address the causes
and effects of climate change and to secure maximum benefit for our
- Publicly declare, within the plan, the commitment to achieve a
significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from our own
authority’s operations especially energy sourcing and use, travel
and transport, waste production and disposal and the purchasing of
goods and services.
- Encourage all sectors in the local community to take the
opportunity to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to
make public their commitment to action.
- Work with key providers, including health authorities,
businesses and development organisations, to assess the potential
effects of climate change on our communities, and to identify ways
in which we can adapt.
- Provide opportunities for the development of renewable energy
generation within our area.
- Monitor the progress of our plan against the actions needed and
publish the results.
The targets set out in the declaration signify the first steps
in the City Council developing a climate change strategy. The
Council shall continue to work to meet these challenges, and will
also seek to develop them further from its own efforts to combat
Covenant of Mayors
The Covenant of Mayors is a European cooperation
movement involving local and regional authorities. Signatories of
the Covenant of Mayors voluntarily commit to increasing energy
efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources in the
By their commitment, they support the European Union 20% CO2
reduction objective to be reached by 2020. Peterborough City
Council has signed up to the Covenant of Mayors and recognises this
formal commitment to fight against climate change and go beyond EU
carbon reduction targets by implementing plans for reducing carbon
and increasing the use of sustainable energy.