Sustainable Norwich – protecting and improving our environment

Labour will ensure that everyone can enjoy Norwich, now and for generations to come. We will continue to play our part in tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies as we strive to become a sustainable, low carbon city. We will look after our local environment, parks, and trees responsibly and encourage increased use of our green spaces.

A Labour City Council will:

  1. Continue to deliver and develop the Labour City Council’s multi-awarding winning radical and achievable Environmental Strategy, building and expanding on our substantial and powerful record, since the Labour-led Council’s first Carbon Management Plan in 2008.
  2. Work collaboratively with organisations, groups, and businesses across the city to reduce area wide emissions and make Norwich carbon neutral by 2045. Labour City Council has established the Norwich Climate Commission to support these goals and will continue to play an active role on this body.
  3. Continue progress towards the council becoming operationally carbon neutral by 2030.
  4. Continue to seek and make use of funding opportunities to increase the energy efficiency of council-owned properties and to retrofit homes in the private sector.
  5. Raise awareness of energy conservation and good environmental practice for citizens and businesses through active community engagement in events such as One Planet Norwich, Eco Awards and Winter Wellbeing Conference to highlight the support we give to reduce fuel poverty and reduce excess winter deaths.
  6. Continue to update and develop adaptation policies to improve the city’s resilience to the adverse effects of climate change, particularly for the most vulnerable.
  7. Make sure our own investments contribute to decarbonisation and, through membership of the Norfolk Pension Fund, push for further progress to divest our public pension investments from fossil fuels to free up more sustainable investment in our regional economy.
  8. Work to make Norwich a recognised centre for sustainable jobs.
  9. Continue to tackle pollution from traffic and promote sustainable transport. We will support efforts to help people safely and cost-effectively shift to public transport, cycling and walking.
  10. Use the Pedalways project and opportunities from the Transforming Cities fund to see a full network of safe, secure cycle lanes across the whole city and beyond.
  11. Work with the County Council for a city-wide 20 mph residential, school area and shopping centre speed limit, and for this to be enforced by the police.
  12. Investigate ways to reduce diesel and petrol vehicle movements into the city centre by encouraging the use of electric vehicles in our fleet, working with partners to deliver more rapid chargers across the city and tougher taxi-licensing conditions.
  13. Develop plans for a city centre Clean Air Zone and work with partners to launch a Norwich Charter for Cleaner Air.
  14. Continue to invest in practical improvements to enhance and protect the parks and green spaces across the city.
  15. Expand Norwich Parks Tennis provision and football pitch improvements.
  16. Build more accessible-for-all play areas in the city and more Changing Places toilets.
  17. Aim to continue to access external funding to assist partner organisations to redevelop and create new sports facilities.
  18. Continue to promote recycling and make it more efficient across the city to encourage residents and businesses to recycle more – including by improving how we communication recycling information to households.
  19. Encourage more businesses to support the ‘Norwich Water Refill’ scheme to provide free drinking-water refills and reduce plastic waste.
  20. Review and improve the cleanliness of streets and public open spaces, as we continue to take back control of services from NORSE. We will provide greater opportunities for the public to influence decisions on cleansing and enforcement in order to target Norwich’s most challenging locations.
  21. Champion the elimination of herbicides on public land, including grass verges, and work towards being an herbicide-free city.
  22. Work with partners to promote sustainable and just food systems to reduce emissions, tackle food inequalities and improve resilience.
  23. Explore the possibility of promoting community co-operative food hubs where people can buy cheap, including locally grown, food which would benefit families who struggle to afford nutritious food.
  24. Continue to help support the city’s residents to benefit from the significant number of allotments within the city. Help residents form community gardens and consider more temporary ‘meanwhile’ growing spaces.


  1. Continue to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the city through planting more trees, investing in, and enhancing our open spaces whilst making them even more accessible for residents to enjoy and benefit from.
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