Environment Capital

Find out about what is happening in Peterborough and how you can get involved by visiting the Environment Capital website.

Creating the UK's Environment Capital

Peterborough has the potential to be a truly sustainable city. A city which has a thriving local economy, strong communities and a sustainable way of life. A city where our residents are healthy, happy and prosperous. A city regarded as the UK’s Environment Capital. This is why in 2008 the city adopted the target of ‘Creating the UK’s Environment Capital’.

To achieve this we will need to do things differently. If everyone on Earth lived as the average Peterborian, British or European citizen does, we would need three planets’ worth of resources to sustain us. This means, on average, each of us is using too much of the world’s resources to produce the food we eat, treat the waste we produce, and generate the energy we use.

To put it simply, we only have one planet so creating the UK’s Environment Capital means that we aim to change the way we do things by 2050 to ensure we can live within the resources of our planet. 

What we're doing

The Environment Action Plan: City-Wide and Environment Action Plan: Peterborough City Council documents were adopted by Full Council in April 2017. They aim to provide a clear vision for how Environment Capital will be delivered. The ‘Environment Action Plan: City Wide’ is a document that has been developed with stakeholders from organisations across Peterborough. The ‘Environment Action Plan: Peterborough City Council’ focuses on the policy position, achievements and targets specific to the City Council. The plans are broken down into ten areas and comprise achievements to date, interim targets to 2020 and visions to 2050. You can view a copy of the plans below:

Environment Action Plan - Peterborough City Council

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Environment Action Plan - City-Wide

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What it means for Peterborough

The council is committed to improving the environment and we recognise that the policies and activities we undertake and promote have wide ranging environmental impacts. Practically, this means that we commit to continually monitoring and improving our environmental performance. We will comply with relevant legislation, policies and codes of practice and we will continually seek opportunities to achieve more in order to ensure that we lead by example.

The current plans replace the City-Wide (i.e. greater than just the City Council) Environment Capital Action Plan (adopted April 2014), which expired at the end of 2016. The Annual Reports for the previous plan can be found below: