Our vision for a Carbon Neutral City by 2030
One Planet Cardiff – a strategic response to the climate emergency.
Our draft One Planet Cardiff Strategy (10mb PDF) proposes a wide range of ambitious actions that will begin to form the basis of a delivery plan to achieve Carbon Neutrality. It aims to do this in a way that supports new green economies and greater social wellbeing in the city.
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The time has come for us take urgent and decisive action and the Council has already declared a climate emergency in recognition of this. The One Planet Cardiff Strategy sets out our strategic response to this emergency.
The 7 Key Themes of the Strategy
This includes how energy is used, how it’s sourced, distributed and generated. Our aim is to use less, to source more from clean renewable sources, and to help build business around this growing sector.
By reducing waste production, making thoughtful procurement decisions, and by recycling what waste is produced in the right way, we can reduce our carbon footprint. We also recognise that certain waste can be an important low carbon energy source, helping to build new, clean, local and resilient economic activity.
Built Environment and Housing Quality
This comprises existing and planned buildings and infrastructure. We need to constantly improve the energy efficiency and resilience of our new and existing buildings and communities, and capture the skills and jobs required to achieve this for the benefit of the local economy.
The production, transportation, processing and disposal of food is a major source of emissions and our proposals are aimed at supporting smarter, more localised and more socially equitable food systems, that could also boost the local food economy.
Our integral green spaces and biodiversity need to be protected and enhanced. We need to take bold steps to add to the natural green assets of the city making a healthy, clean, biodiverse, environmentally positive place in which citizens and business can thrive.
How we source, use and manage water, and how we protect ourselves against drought and flooding are crucial parts of our aims to build climate resilience and the strategy outlines a series of current and future responses to this challenge.
We need to look closely at how we move around the city and at the infrastructure required to minimise the impact of vehicle emissions and air quality. Our plans are to replace as many single user, fossil fuelled trips as possible with sustainable low carbon modes of travel, whilst ensuring that they don’t simply migrate problems elsewhere.
Our journey to a One Planet City
Help us to become a Carbon Neutral City
Our Strategy document sets out our ambition to be a One Planet Cardiff (OPC) and we call on the city to work with us and adopt a goal of becoming Carbon Neutral by 2030.
We have a unique opportunity to build upon the huge shift in the way we work and live that we’ve had to make in response to COVID-19, preserving some of the key environmental gains and shaping our recovery to embed climate resilience across Cardiff, with equity, wellbeing, sustainability and prosperous green growth for all at its core.
Ways you can help
- Get a SMART meter to help you understand and manage your energy consumption and costs.
- Check your loft insulation, doors and windows to prevent heat loss and reduce and manage your carbon footprint. If you live in rented accommodation check that your landlord is aware of the rules about energy efficiency and encourage them to look into opportunities for Improvement
- Switch to a green energy tariff. This involves choosing a supplier and tariff that only sources energy from renewable generators such as wind, solar or Anaerobic Digestion. This could reduce emissions by 79%, saving 1.25 tonnes of carbon each year for the average home.
- Consider having solar PV panels or solar hot water at your home.
- Insulate your home to reduce heat loss and drafts. By saving energy through better insulation, smarter heating or appliances, the average household could reduce its carbon emissions by 0.6%.
- Consider how much energy you are using. Could you use less or switch certain appliances off to save carbon and money? Turning down your heating 1 Degree Celsius can save 3% off your energy bills.
- If you are in receipt of means tested benefit or have a health condition that is made worse by a cold home and live in an inefficient private property you may be entitled to NEST support to install energy efficiency measures
- Volunteer with our Park Ranger Team or join a local park Friends Group who have a shared interest in biodiversity issues.
- Make more sustainable use of your garden by planting trees or bushes or growing fruit and vegetables as an alternative to paving, artificial grass or decking.
- When possible, walk or ride your bike in order to avoid carbon emissions completely.
- Consider switching to an electric or hybrid vehicle if you are replacing your car as this could save 2 tonnes of carbon per year. If this isn’t affordable, choose a more efficient diesel or petrol vehicles, as this could save 0.9 tonnes of CO2 each year.
- Think about how your travel patterns changed and how you shopped locally during the lockdown, and see if you can continue these habits going forwards.
- Pass any unwanted larger items that you want to throw away to someone in need or an organisation that accepts them. These items can be reused and redistributed to someone else in need.
- When drying clothes, if the weather permits, dry your clothes using a clothes line or airer rather than a tumble dryer.
- Use a reusable water bottle when you are at home and on the move. Plastic production leads to a lot of carbon emissions so you’ll be lowering both your water and carbon footprint.
- Don’t put hot items in either the fridge or` the freezer. If you let your leftovers cool before putting them in the fridge, less energy is required from your fridge to keep them cold. Your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of energy in your home so any added efficiency helps.
- Clean out your fridge more often. You can reduce the energy your fridge uses by cleaning out any food you are not going to eat. When food sits in the fridge, it takes up space and energy. Clean out your fridge weekly but don’t leave it too empty, otherwise it won’t maintain its cold temperature.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle as much of your waste as possible. This includes recycling any old clothes rather than throwing them away. By reducing the amount of waste you produce and recycling more, emissions from an average home could fall by 0.25 tonnes each year.
- If you have space in your garden, consider home composting uncooked food, such as vegetable or fruit peelings rather than using the Council composting services. All leftover cooked food has to be put in the food waste caddy for collection though.
- Join a Love Where You Live volunteer group to help the community you live in.
- Eat locally produced seasonal fresh food. This reduces the carbon emissions of processing, storage and transportation.
- Cook smart as much as possible. The most environmentally friendly way of cooking is using a stove-top or a microwave.
- If you have space in your garden, grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs at your property.
- Try going vegan or vegetarian for one day a week, reducing meat and dairy intake reduces carbon emissions.
We will set a target for the Council’s operations to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 and we will work with city wide partners to develop a road map and action plan for a Carbon Neutral City by 2030