Birmingham’s Green Commission published its Vision Statement in March 2013. The Vision pulls together three key strands that will make Birmingham a leading green city:
- Planning framework and policy;
- Sustainable energy and CO2 reduction; and
- The green economy.
Birmingham has an ambitious target of a 60% reduction in total CO2 emissions by 2027, against 1990 levels.
The key priority for the Green Commission is to publish a Birmingham Carbon Roadmap in autumn 2013, which will focus on the actions to cut the overall CO2 emissions for our city. The priorities are:
- To accelerate investment in how we heat and power the city;
- Create more local renewable energy;
- Improve the way we travel and get around; and
- Widen our investment in building energy efficiency programmes
We held a Big Green Lunch event in June 2013 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to help raise awareness of these priorities.
The Green Vision and its Technical Papers are available to download here:
We are a member of CASCADE, a networking and mutual learning project on local energy leadership. The project supports cities to deliver the European Union 2020 targets for energy and climate change.
CASCADE's activities focus on three main areas:
- Energy efficiency in buildings and districts
- Renewable energy sources and distributed energy generation
- Energy in urban transport
CASCADE aims to improve the implementation of sustainable energy policies in large and medium European cities. Find out more about the programme at www.cascadecities.eu