Around 81% of motorists drive in Nottingham with no passengers on weekday mornings
Why does it matter?
How we move around Nottingham has a big impact on the city’s emissions. Transport contributed 344,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2020, which is equivalent to driving an average petrol car to the Moon and back over 5,000 times! This makes up 33% of Nottingham’s total CO2 emissions.
As well as producing carbon dioxide, vehicles are the largest cause of air pollution in Nottingham. Dirty air has a big impact on health – air pollution causes an estimated 6 million sick days in the UK every year.
By choosing to travel by foot, bike, or on public transport less fossil fuel is burned, so it’s an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your health at the same time.
What we’re doing
Nottingham has one of the greenest public transport networks outside of London – with a huge fleet of biogas buses and a fantastic electric tram network.
The City Council is also making progress in switching to electric vehicles, and over 50% of the fleet is now electric. We were also the first city in the UK to have electric bin lorries – have you seen Trash Gordon around the city?
Innovative trials have also taken place in the city like our wireless electric taxi charging pilot scheme.
What can you do?
There is a range of things we can do to reduce our emissions from how we travel in and around the city. These include:
- Walk or cycle a short journey
- Use public transport for a journey to school, work or for leisure
- Grow your cycling confidence by taking a Ridewise course
- Make your next holiday flight free
- Consider car-sharing for your commute