By Toby Hyde @TobyHyde7
A report has been published outlining the steps needed to transform Sheffield into a “smart sustainable, future city”.
The Sheffield Green Commission’s enquiry has suggested several major recommendations to help secure Sheffield’s environmental, social and economic sustainable future.
The findings are a result of several months of research, and outline four priorities to transform the city.
- ‘Learning City’ – The report encourages economic and business leaders to continue to learn from and collaborate with other major UK and European cities, in order to organise action across Europe that has positive local and global impacts, for example tackling climate change and CO2 reduction.
- ‘Connected City’ – The findings suggest that the city should become more engaged with local communities and proposes an increased investment in Sheffield’s walking and cycling routes and more affordable, low emission public transport.
- ‘Transformative energy’ – The document also highlights the importance of renewable energy and suggests that the city continues to increase its use of solar, wind and biomass energy.
- ‘European Green City’ – The final recommendation of the report is that Sheffield continues to invest and conserve its green areas, to “build on its reputation as the greenest and most wooded city”.
The report has called for leaders within the city to help implement the change needed to carry out its four key recommendations.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing and Chair of the Sheffield Green Commission said: “The Sheffield we want to see in the future is successful, competitive, sustainable and open for business. A citywide response is required to transform Sheffield into the smart, sustainable, future city which we know it can be.”
— Jayne Dunn (@JaynePDunn) February 25, 2016
The Commission is a committee made up of leaders from across Sheffield’s business, economic, environmental, academic and health sectors and aims to make sure environmental and sustainability issues are given a high priority over the next two decades.
Liz Ballard, chief executive officer of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and co-chair of the Green Commission added: ‘Sheffield really can become a more sustainable city, with a better quality of life for all, if we work together to achieve this common goal.”