Sheffield has signed up to national and worldwide movements to tackle climate change and become carbon neutral.
The City Council has been praised by UK100 for taking the pledge and for it’s commitment for radical action from local authorities.
UK100 is a network of highly ambitious local government leaders, which seeks to devise and implement plans for the transition to clean energy that are ambitious, cost effective and take the public and business with them.
It supports decision-makers in UK towns, cities and counties in their transition to Net Zero. It is the only network for UK local leaders focused solely on climate, clean energy and clean air policy.
To accelerate the transition to this Net Zero society, UK100 brings together local authorities across the country to share knowledge, collaborate, and petition the UK government with their collective power. They are working together to create flourishing communities – seizing the opportunities of technology to create jobs and establishing a nationwide project of renewal, focussed on local needs and ambitions.
Council Leader Terry Fox:
“We are proud to support the UK100 Net Zero Pledge and strive to do everything we can to make Sheffield a cleaner, more sustainable city. We are resolute in our commitment to clean growth – delivering economic growth that harnesses the opportunities of a more sustainable economy, whilst also tackling poor air quality and protecting our city’s wonderful green spaces and ecology.
“The time to act is now, and if we don’t our young people will never forgive us. This is why we made the commitment to make Sheffield carbon net zero by 2030, and we commissioned the ARUP report – to lead a radical 10 point action plan to deliver the required change.
“Labour councillors made Sheffield the first local authority in the Country to ban fracking applications on council owned land, we have earmarked millions of pounds to develop local renewable energy, and we are resolute in our protection of green spaces from development.
“UK100 offers a fantastic opportunity to go further with our 10 point action plan, and to learn from other local authorities across the UK, to deliver our emissions target and unleash our clean growth economic potential”
Chris Hammond, UK100 Network Programme Director
“We’re thrilled to welcome Cllr Terry Fox to UK100’s network of highly ambitious local government leaders that are committed to a Net Zero transition.
“The fundamental challenge of our time is moving towards Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions to preserve our way of life and avert climate breakdown. It’s a task that will need bold leadership, legislative clarity, shifts in behaviour and enthusiastic adoption of new technologies.
“Local Government is uniquely placed to overcome these challenges. Not only do they provide services, but they have a unique sphere of influence. Fantastic things are already happening in county, city, town and village halls across the country. Making their communities fairer, safer and greener. By joining UK100 and committing to bold targets, Sheffield City Council has demonstrated that it is facing these challenges and playing a decisive role in tackling climate change ahead of the National Government’s target.”
For more information on UK100 please see here – https://www.uk100.org/about