Our support to reduce carbon across the City to net-zero
We held a public consultation in September 2020. Following this, we committed to a city-wide net-zero target of 2041. This is the target set by the West Midlands Combined Authority across the region. It also meets Wolverhampton’s obligations under the Paris climate agreement.
The Paris climate agreement saw the world leaders agree to cut carbon emissions to limit global warming to 1.5oC.
The UK has bought in new laws that commit to:
- becoming net-zero by 2050
- reducing its carbon on 1990 levels by 78% by 2035
But according to the Climate Change Committee, these targets do not go far enough. This is why we are following a science-based net-zero target of 2041.
The below chart uses government data from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. The data is two years behind the current year. Historic emissions show data up to 2019. Data for 2020 is due for release in the coming months. The chart shows the City's:
- historic emissions in 2005, 2010 and 2015
- latest emission data in 2019
- future targets for 2022, 2030 and 2041
As a city, our emissions have reduced from 1600 kilotonnes of C02 in 2005 to 1000 kilotonnes in 2019. A reduction of 38%.
To meet our net-zero objectives, the City needs to reduce emissions by 80% between 2019 and 2030. Then a further 80% by 2041.
The below graph shows the City's breakdown using the latest data
What is the current situation in the city?
From the air we breathe to energy that powers our homes and businesses, the health of the environment must be protected and sustained
WVInsight contains all of Wolverhampton’s vital statistics; it is the one-stop-shop for data, statistics and reports all about Wolverhampton
use the 'Select a report section' button in the top left hand corner to see our data for:
- Fuel Poverty (not able to keep a house warm at a reasonable cost, given income).
- Recycling Rates
- Air Quality
- Carbon (C02) Emissions
View emissions data with the City of Wolverhampton using Google's Environmental Insights Explorer
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To achieve net-zero, the City will need to achieve the following:
- Replace all 110,000 vehicles in the City with electric vehicles by 2035
- Encourage people to use public transport more and cars less
- Improve digital accessibility
- Make travelling by bike or walking safer and more accessible. This will be by improving active travel infrastructure
Buildings and energy
- Improve the energy efficiency of all buildings within the city. Aiming to improve 5000 homes per year
- Reduce energy consumption through low power lighting, appliances and behaviour change
- Install low carbon heating in all buildings
- Ensure industrial processes are efficient and low carbon where possible
- Install rooftop solar panels across all suitable buildings
Waste and Consumption
- Reduce the amount of waste the city produces
- Increase the recycling rate across the city
- Encourage recycling and reuse within manufacturing processes. We call this Circular economy
Natural Capital and Land use
- Increase tree coverage and biodiversity
- Increase the coverage of large-scale renewables (e.g. solar, wind)
City Actions and Action Plan
To support the above goals we have produced our Roadmap to 2021. You can find this in the Downloads section.
Below are some of our current key projects found within the Roadmap.
- Black Country ULEV Charging Infrastructure Programme. Delivering 80 chargers across the city over the next year and over 200 extra charges by 2025.
- Investment in active travel infrastructure around the City. Enabling safe dedicated cycling lanes
Buildings and Energy
- LAD3/HUG1 (sustainable warmth competition). Delivering energy efficiency and low carbon heating to up to 150 low-income homes by march 2023
- Net Zero Neighbourhood demonstrator
- Bowmans harbour Solar farm will power the hospital with green lifesaving energy from September 2022. Saving 1500 tonnes of CO2 each year
Natural Capital and Land use
- Planting more than 20,000 new trees and 11 new Tiny forests across the city
- Re-wilding pilot planting wildflower meadows on grass verges to improve local biodiversity