The Portsmouth Green Partnership Charter expanded its impact even further, by welcoming influential organisations BAE Systems and Sustrans to join its commitment to environmental sustainability.

The new additions mean 12 of the city’s key organisations who have the biggest influence on securing a green future for Portsmouth will unite in their responsibility to advance sustainable ways of working.

This collaborative initiative coordinated by Portsmouth City Council, unites these organisations with the common goal of transforming their operations to collectively reduce Portsmouth’s carbon emissions, improve air quality, reduce waste, and restore biodiversity.

Group representatives from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth International Port, The Hive, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, Royal Navy, Portsmouth Football Club and Pompey in the Community, participated in the annual meeting. Each partner provided updates on their actions, and raised challenges that they want to collaborate on in the year ahead. Attendees were then given a tour of the port’s new eco-friendly terminal extension.

Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Greening the City at Portsmouth City Council said: “Having BAE Systems and Sustrans join the partnership further strengthens our resolve to take positive action to tackle climate change.

“Together we are all striving towards cleaner air, a greener city, and future-proofing Portsmouth from the changing climate. By working together, we can identify areas to collaborate and develop greener services and approaches.”

Stuart Jauncey, from BAE Systems’ energy & carbon bureau team said: “We are delighted to be collaborating on the Portsmouth Green Partnership Charter; we’re committed to improving environmental sustainability and playing our part in finding solutions to make Portsmouth a greener city.”

Jenni Jones, liveable cities and towns coordinator for Portsmouth at Sustrans said: “We are thrilled to join The Portsmouth Green Charter. Our work inspires people to walk, wheel and cycle, reducing traffic to create a better environment and more sustainable society for everyone. We’re looking forward to working with partners from across the city so we can all maximise our impact and create a cleaner, greener Portsmouth.

“Over the past ten years, transport has been one of the biggest sources of emissions in the city. This is why we’re passionate about making it easier to leave the car at home by creating safe routes that link up with public transport and active travel alternatives by working with the other partners.”

Reducing emissions, and lowering them rapidly, is a vital part of limiting global temperatures from rising. Drastic actions are needed to stop temperatures from rising to critical levels; the aim of the Paris Agreement was to limit the temperature warming to well below 2°C.

To encourage awareness and engagement, new online resources have been created by Portsmouth City Council to provide residents and businesses with information on the council’s climate change projects, data, and support. This information will help individuals and organisations alike to reduce their carbon footprint in the city.