Peterborough’s public and private sector organizations have signed on to a new strategy to assist the city to achieve its net-zero carbon objective. The “Peterborough Climate Commitment” instructs businesses on how to combat climate change. It was established by the Peterborough Climate Change Partnership, which was just formed. Carly Leonard, one of the group’s founders, claimed the city “pioneered environmental initiatives.”

“But time is running short to slow down warming to keep within 1.2 C,” said Ms. Leonard, chief executive of environmental charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT). The commitment includes actions for the organizations engaged, such as environmental effect monitoring, carbon emissions reduction, and natural environment improvement. The climate change collaboration is made up of a number of organizations, including education, technology, and health organizations, as well as Peterborough City Council.

The council has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030, and Peterborough has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral city by the same date. “By organisations working together to make simple and consistent changes we are more likely to achieve the city’s net-zero target,” Ms. Leonard said. Net-zero means that no additional greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. To achieve it, emissions must be reduced as much as possible, and any that remain must be balanced off by removing an equal amount.