COVENTRY has topped a table of UK cities for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions.
That is according to a report commissioned by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Oxford Brookes University.
The city saw a reduction of 21 per cent between 2005 and 2009, the study published on Tuesday revealed.
It topped the league table of 20 cities – three per cent ahead of Wolverhampton, Stoke on Trent and Hull in joint second place.
Neighbouring Birmingham was joint fourth with a 15 per cent reduction and Belfast was bottom with just four per cent cut in emissions.
Jeremy Blackburn, head of UK policy at RICS, said: “This research highlights the importance of addressing energy usage and consumption.
“We welcome the steps the Government is taking to introduce zero carbon targets for new buildings, but it is clear it needs to go further and address energy efficiency in Britain’s existing homes.”
In June last year Coventry was one of just three cities to be awarded global Living Labs status by the Brussels-based European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
There are also a series of eco home trials taking place around the city while Coventry University
Technology Park has become a real-life test and experimentation environment for low carbon innovations
Report author Professor Tim Dixon, director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes, added: “The battle against climate change and resource depletion will be won or lost in the world’s cities.”