Environment Capital

Cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able city for future gen­er­a­tions

If every­one on earth lived as the aver­age West­ern European cit­izen, we would need three plan­ets’ worth of resources to sus­tain us. We need to take action now to change the way we do things to cre­ate a sus­tain­able city for future gen­er­a­tions.


Peter­bor­ough was one of the early envir­on­ment­al pion­eers.  Way back in the 90’s the city was awar­ded Envir­on­ment City status along with Leeds, Leicester and Middles­brough, com­mit­ting to put the envir­on­ment at its heart.

In 2008 Peter­bor­ough launched its vis­ion to ‘Cre­ate the UK’s Envir­on­ment Cap­it­al’.  A city with a thriv­ing loc­al eco­nomy, strong com­munit­ies and a sus­tain­able way of life.  A city where res­id­ents are healthy, happy and pros­per­ous.

We have an action plan, developed with stake­hold­ers from across Peter­bor­ough.  The plan focuses on ten key areas with­in a loc­al and nation­al con­text, inter­im tar­gets to 2020 and a vis­ion for 2050.  For more inform­a­tion vis­it:  https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/campaigns/environment-capital

  • 97% of schools in Peter­bor­ough cur­rently deliv­er eco edu­ca­tion activ­it­ies.
  • Per cap­ita, CO2 emis­sions have reduced from 8.1 ton­nes (2005) to 5.6 (2014).
  • Peter­bor­ough has one of the highest ratios of green open space per per­son in the UK.
  • Travelchoice, a £3.24m gov­ern­ment fun­ded pro­ject, has achieved a 9% reduc­tion in car jour­neys across Peter­bor­ough.
  • Over 1300 pupils in the city received Bike­ab­il­ity train­ing in 2015.