Fig 4: UK local authority carbon dioxide emissions since 2005 (Source: DBEIS)
Produced by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), the National Indicator (NI) comprises annual reduction in CO2 emissions across an agreed set of sectors (housing, road transport and business). This is measured as a percentage reduction of the per capita CO2 emissions from the 2005 baseline year. NI 186 excludes aviation, shipping and consumed emissions, as a reliable dataset has not been created at a national and regional level. As a city, Norwich is on track to achieve two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2023/24 and based on trajectory data the city will achieve carbon neutrality before 2050.
Fig 5: Tyndall Centre pathway projections for Norwich
Tyndall Centre pathway projections for Norwich is an alternative dataset calculated for the city council by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. This shows a steep reduction in emissions from 2010. However, the city’s emissions will need to continue to reduce significantly over the next two decades, in order that the city contributes to global emissions reduction targets and national policy to be net zero by 2050. This will only be achieved if central government policy provides the necessary resources and incentives nationally and locally for every sector.
Fig 6: SCATTER (Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction)
The SCATTER tool developed by DBEIS, Anthesis, Nottingham City Council and the Tyndall Centre identifies residential buildings and on-road transport as being significant CO2 emitters within the City. Both these sectors will need significant investment to decarbonise and will be a considerable challenge moving forwards to a zero carbon Norwich.