Conserving Sheffield & the Planet
With its wide open spaces, lots of trees and woodland, together with high use of renewable energy, this former industrial capital is now top of the UK's green table for sustainability, and a model for Europe - A truly Green City
Sheffield - Green City
The NatWest Green Cities Report, developed in conjunction with experts from the University of Southampton, was commissioned as part of the bank’s climate strategy and released during the 2021 COP26 Glasgow climate summit.
For the study, cities were ranked based on their scores of six overall categories: green space, energy use & production, motor vehicles, waste and recycling, commuting travel and pollution.
Thanks to Sheffield's 22,600 acres of green space (9150 hectares) - equal to 155m2 per resident - and a high level of renewable energy production (71MWh/1,000 people annually, the city scored particularly well in most key areas.
Sheffield residents also use a relatively low amount of energy per person compared with other cities and have a high percentage of ULEZ vehicles.
As of late 2021, Sheffield City Council is now working on the Sheffield Local Plan which will guide the future of the city by setting out how and where development will take place up to 2038. The Sheffield Plan will replace the Sheffield Core Strategy of 2009.