Cambridge City Council declared a climate emergency on 21 February – about 250 days ago – and you might reasonably ask, “so what’s changed since then?” Well, very little that most of us can see. Hopefully the City Council are busy working on a host of initiatives which will be announced shortly. Just in case […]
The majority of homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are rented rather than owned. Their occupants often get frustrated because they feel they feel powerless to improve their home’s energy efficiency and nervous about asking landlords to improve things. However this is about to change. There is a little known regulation that sets a Minimum Energy […]
The Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2019 from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) is the latest in a series of LTPs for the region. Reducing congestion and improving commuting remain the focus and it pays no more than lip service to the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport. Were it to […]
The future framework of transportation within Cambridgeshire could be decided by two events taking place before year end. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) local transport plan (LTP) went out for consultation in June and is accepting comments up until September 27, 2019. Implementing the LTP is important to the CPCA in order that […]
Despite widespread local concerns, targets imposed by Whitehall mean that 33,500 new homes have to be built in Greater Cambridge (ie South Cambs and Cambridge City) by 2031. There was infuriatingly little democratic accountability in setting this target, but we do have a real opportunity to influence the sort of homes that get built. This […]
In summer 2019 Greater Cambridge is currently in the early stages of developing a new Greater Cambridge Local Plan, identifying the issues and options to be considered, before the first formal public consultation in Autumn 2019. This process is important, because the Local Plan will guide development for around a decade, and it sets the […]
In May Carbon Neutral Cambridge ran an expert symposium in partnership with South Cambs District Council, Cambridge City council and the Shared Planning service, on how we could accelerate the transition to net zero carbon. We invited Tommy H, a 16 yr old student at The Leys to open the event. This is what he […]
Local councils across the country have declared a climate emergency. This has happened in response to increasing social pressure including from the school strikes and Extinction Rebellion protests. But what does it mean?
On 2 May 2019 the Committee on Climate Change have given historic advice to the UK Government to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target. We welcome this, but as the report itself says, this is the bare minimum. The report advises the government to set […]
The decision by leading politicians on the City Council to aim at a 2030 target for removing carbon pollution is a big step forward. It follows a declaration from the council that Cambridge faces a “climate emergency”.