Sheffield sustainable city

Sheffield ranked UK’s most sustainable city

Wide open spaces, millions of trees and high use of renewable energy put the former industrial powerhouse top of the UK’s green league

Researchers from the University of Southampton ranked the country’s biggest 25 urban centres for their sustainability, and the City of Sheffield came out on top. A position hardly surprising when the city is already recognised as being arguably the greenest city in Europe. One third of its area falls within the Peak District National Park, and it is the most wooded city per capita in all of Europe, with an estimated 4.5 million trees.

With its wide-open spaces, millions of trees and a relatively high volume of renewable energy production, its green credentials are even futhered.

The Green Cities Report ranked areas using a range of environmental data including pollution levels, renewable energy production, car use and green space.

According to a report in the Independant, Douglas Johnson, Sheffield City Council’s Green Party cabinet member for climate change, said: “It’s nice to be recognised but, as a city, we now need to go further and faster to reach net-zero by 2030.”

The report observed that hundreds of the city’s least energy-efficient homes were currently being reinsulated with government grants, while millions of pounds were being ploughed into building and upgrading walking and cycling routes to connect areas right across the city.

Professor William Powrie, who led the study, said he hoped the sustainability ranking list would “enable cities and people to reflect on their progress towards behaving sustainably… extreme weather events of the past year and the focus on sustainability ahead of COP26 have brought home the need for changes in the way we live if we are to mitigate the effects of the twin environmental catastrophes of climate change and loss of biodiversity. “

He added: “We have run out of time and the changes need to be made now… simple changes can make a big difference – walking, cycling or using public transport rather than going by car and using less and recycling more – but we all need to get involved.”

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