INT6 (PP) - Enhancing Plymouth's 'green city' credentials

This policy is part of the Plymouth Plan which was approved by Plymouth City Council Full councillors on 27/02/2017.

The city will actively pursue measures that build upon its current strengths in green technologies as well as its exceptional natural environment, to become one of the leading green cities in Europe. This will include:

  1. Developing and promoting our contribution to managing climate change and sea level rise through continuing to pursue ambitious carbon reduction emission targets and proactive natural network management, and putting in place infrastructure to enable businesses to make the transition to a low carbon economy.
  2. Promoting our marine renewable energy technological and operational expertise, through the creation and promotion of a Marine Renewable Energy Hub and a well trained and qualified, carbon literate workforce able to recognise and respond to the green growth opportunities of a low carbon economy. This will provide a basis for inward investment and international collaborations in the energy sector.
  3. Reducing transport related carbon emissions by offering an attractive choice of sustainable travel for all sectors of the community, visitors, businesses and commuters within pleasant and secure environments and supporting alternative emissions and zero emission vehicles.
  4. Safeguarding the special conservation status and environmental quality of the Plymouth Sound and Tamar Estuaries European Marine Site, the Tamar Estuaries Special Conservation Zone and other sites, species and habitats of European importance.
  5. Recognising organisations that demonstrate excellence in green and sustainable solutions across the city.
  6. Continuing to lead the way nationally in natural infrastructure delivery.
  7. Developing innovative approaches through culture to engage communities and address issues of sustainable living using international models of best practise.
  8. Working closely with our local businesses to develop a 'green' culture and to support and encourage them to use best practise to benefit their business as well as the wider city environmental aims.