Reducing Climate Impact

This section shows what needs to be done in order reduce Sheffield's Impact on the climate.


 Reducing Sheffield's Emissions


It is widely agreed that climate change is already happening, and we are experiencing some adverse effects of it already, and as such, immediate action is needed to avoid worsening the crisis. With around 70% of the global population expected to be living in urban areas by 2050, cities like Sheffield are a vital force in implementing and promoting green policies, green infrastructure, and reducing carbon emissions.

A key part of reducing carbon emissions is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, both by making sure new-built homes and businesses are up-to-standard, but also by programmes to retrofit existing buildings with more efficient insulation. Another key way of mitigating climate impact is through reducing the use of internal combustion engine vehicles, by promoting active travel (cycling and walking), and by promoting the use of public transport and electric vehicles where possible. It is also recommended that Sheffield increases its use, and production, of renewable energy sources.

In the period from 2005-2015, the city of Sheffield reduced its carbon emissions by 34%, largely thanks to national decarbonisation efforts. From 2013-2017, the city reduced annual emissions by a further 19%. Sheffield City Council, which is an owner of 40,000 homes in the city, has made investments to massively improve insulation and boiler efficiency in the majority of these homes. This has been recognised as good progress, but more change is needed to maintain these levels and improve upon them where possible.

A 2015 estimate articulates that 39% of carbon emissions in Sheffield are from the industrial and commercial sector, with 37% from the domestic sector, and the remaining 24% from transport.

Research from Sheffield’s Green Commission has shown that other cities that have successfully reduced their climate impact have clearly-defined plans of action in place, in particular by reaching out to community residents and businesses to get involved.

Though the Covid pandemic has emerged as the crisis of priority for the council, they still remain hopeful that investment can be made to ensure that Sheffield is zero-carbon by 2030, with most of its energy generated by local and low-carbon technologies, leading by example for the rest of the nation.


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