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The Stockholm Environment Institute - York Centre has produced the first comprehensive assessment of the carbon footprint of individual neighbourhoods in York.
The study identifies the York neighbourhoods which not only have the greenest attitudes, but how effectively they put them into practice. The study provides a detailed understanding of York contribution to carbon emissions.
The report was produced as part of the York Green Street Challenge - a joint project between City of York Council, York Environment Partnership and the Stockholm Environment Institute in the Department of Biology at the University of York.
It revealed that the carbon footprint of an average York resident is 12.58 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, slightly higher than the UK average of 12.12 tonnes, but lower than that of residents in Harrogate (13.69 tonnes). Housing and transport make up 60 per cent of York’s carbon footprint. Neighbourhoods which have the highest footprint are Dringhouses Central and Woodthorpe, each with a footprint of 14.51 tonnes, while Heslington has the lowest carbon footprint of York's neighbourhoods.
The reports identifies households in the Groves, Clifton Hospital Area, Heslington, Nicholas Fields and Fishergate West areas as having the 'greenest' attitudes. Those in Westfield Central, Westfield North West, Westfield East, and Tang Hall and Clifton North West were the least 'green'.
But the researchers discovered a tendency for those neighbourhoods with a strong level of green attitudes to also have a large carbon footprint. Clementhorpe has a high carbon footprint despite having a strong level of green attitudes. On the other hand, Heslington has both a strong level of green attitudes and a low carbon footprint.
The report is part of a 15-month "York Green Streets Challenge" campaign funded by the Without Walls Partnership Local Area Agreement Delivery Fund. The findings will be used to target selected households in York to help them reduce their carbon footprint by 10 per cent in 2010. This will be achieved by introducing measures to reduce home energy use and to promote walking and cycling.
Dr Gary Haq, co-author of the report said: “The study provides a detailed understanding of York contribution to carbon emissions. It identifies those neighbourhoods of the city which have a greater potential to save money while helping the city to tackle climate change.”
Mike Slater, Chair of York Environment Partnership Board said: "The city is committed to tackling climate change and this report and campaign will assist residents to take practical actions in their homes."
Download the Report: PDF