This section summarises the green city strategy document put forth by the council. Detailing local and national measures necessary to make Sheffield a greener, more environmentally friendly city.
About The Green City Strategy
The Green City Strategy is a document published by Sheffield City Council that lays out a strategy to make Sheffield ‘low-carbon, resilient and sustainable’. The document notes that Sheffield, as a large city, is a major driver of regional economic growth – but this growth has not seen an improvement in the city’s equality or pollution levels, and as such, there are actions needed.
There are six main objectives laid out in the report: ‘Reducing our Impact on the Climate’, ‘a Climate Resilient City’, ‘Sustainable and Affordable Energy for our Homes and Businesses’, ‘Modern, Reliable and Clean Journeys for Everyone’, ‘Clean Air for All’, and ‘a Green and Innovative Economy’. These objectives form a strategy to guide Sheffield to have a cleaner, lower-carbon economy, reducing its impact on the climate and improving the quality of life in the city.
These strategies range from a local level to a national level, some of which will require Government support and co-operation.
Sheffield has already established some green assets that will help it on this journey; in the 1970s, it became one of the first cities to introduce district heating, and implement its own clean air powers. More recently, two decentralised biomass-powered energy plants have been constructed in the city, from private investment. Sheffield’s universities – the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University – are among world leaders of research and innovation related to climate issues and low-carbon technology.
In 2015, the UK was among 200 countries to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, which holds its signatories to commit to hold global temperature increases to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The UK as a whole is targeting 2050 to be carbon neutral, and as of 2021, the city of Sheffield has set its own target date of 2030 to eliminate carbon emissions.