Energy and Carbon Reduction
Birmingham has an ambitious target of a 60% reduction in total CO₂ emissions by 2027, against 1990 levels. The most up to date government data indicates that in 2015 Birmingham’s CO₂ emissions have decreased by 33.7% against a 1990 baseline.
Birmingham City Council’s key priorities are:
- Addressing fuel poverty - Birmingham has 1 in 5 households classed as in fuel poverty, considerably higher than national average of 1 in 10(BEIS);
- Improving energy security – to address increased energy requirements to enable Birmingham’s continued growth, as well as co2 reductions, where currently more than 99% of the £1.3billion Birmingham spends on energy, flows out of the city; and
- Decarbonisation – in order to meet the Council’s own target of 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2027 (a reduction from 6.874mn tonnes baseline in 1990 to 2.7496mn tonnes by 2027), as well as national targets set through The Climate Change Act 2008, where the "legally binding" targets are a reduction of at least 51% by 2025 and 80% by 2050 (against the 1990 baseline). The total emissions for 2016 were 4,467,000ktonnes.