A new study of over 2,000 households suggests the city is one of the most environmentally conscious urban centres in the country, ranking it 9th in the UK.

The survey was based on factors including household recycling, low CO2 emissions, smart meters, commuting methods, limiting use of single-use plastic and attitudes to being eco-friendly.

Lockdown could have been a reason for people changing and re-thinking their habits towards the environment but Southampton City Council says it is “committed to leading the way in making the city a cleaner, greener, healthier, more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The council launched the Green City Charter in 2019 in a bid to tackle environmental issues. Under this charter it is hoped to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.

They also pledge to protect the natural environment, improve the quality of life for residents, promote sustainable travel, reduce emissions, enhance renewable energy and support the generation of sustainable energy that does not compromise local air quality.

It was because of this that the controversial pop-up cycle lane on Bassett Avenue has recently been removed following “a steady increase in traffic” when concerns were raised and the council’s Green Transport Recovery Plan was called back in to be scrutinised further.

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