40 organisations in Nottingham have now pledged their commitment to helping the city become carbon neutral by 2028. Organisations of all sizes across a range of sectors have signed up to the ‘We Support’ campaign, including Boots, Tramlink, Romano’s Caterers, and both of the city’s universities.
Businesses in Nottingham contribute approximately 20% of the city’s carbon emissions. These emissions are included in the city’s carbon neutral target, so it is important that as many organisations as possible commit to creating a city-wide effort.
Tackling the climate crisis has a range of benefits for organisations and businesses. In addition to reduced bills through improving the energy efficiency of buildings, sustainability initiatives can also improve employee wellbeing and enhance resilience.
The ‘We Support’ campaign builds on the success that has been achieved on the sustainability agenda across the city thanks to the Nottingham Green Partnership which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier in the year.
Cllr Sally Longford, portfolio holder for energy, environment and waste services, said: “It’s fantastic that so many organisations have pledged to support our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028. Businesses in the city have a huge influence on our carbon emissions, whether it’s the organisation’s own carbon footprint or helping employees make greener choices.
“As we’ve seen in recent weeks, rapid action is needed to tackle the climate crisis. By coming together, organisations across the city can collaborate and support each other to reduce carbon emissions. I would like to encourage more organisations to pledge their support for CN28.”
Alison Sweeney, head of marketing for Tramlink who have pledged to back the We Support campaign, said: “Nottingham is leading the charge against climate change with its ambition to become carbon neutral by 2028, and we are proud to be a key part of that goal. The tram offers a green transport option for millions of passengers every year, helping to keep cars off the road and reduce emissions. As well as being powered by 100% renewable energy, we are also working with businesses and partners across the city to help with their sustainable travel plans.”
Giac Romano, owner of Romano’s Caterers, also a ‘We Support’ partner, said: “At Romano’s, we strongly want to achieve carbon neutrality which is why we’ve pledged our support to CN28. Our small steps will help slow down the consequences of climate change. We often see other companies follow our trends. If other companies copy what we do, they will also be contributing to the city’s efforts to reducing the environmental impact caused by global warming.”
To join the We Support campaign, organisations across the city can email their pledge with examples of how they’re reducing their carbon footprints to the City Council’s Carbon Neutral Policy Team.