What is the council already doing?
The council takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and its work to ensure Birmingham is a great, clean and green city to live in was ongoing prior to the June 2019 declaration of a climate emergency.
In 2013 the council set a previous target to reduce carbon emissions in the city by 60% by 2027. The most up to date national data (from 2017) shows that good progress is being made: Birmingham’s direct carbon emissions have decreased by 38.6% against 1990 levels.
Some of this work includes:
- The Birmingham Transport Plan 2031 sets out a bold approach to reducing transport emissions by reallocating road space, transforming the city centre, promoting active travel, and managing demand through parking
- The Birmingham Clean Air Strategy (due in 2020) will set out a series of pledges as to how the council and others in the city can support the journey towards cleaner air, including creating a Clean Air Zone
- The Naturally Birmingham Project is seeking to enhance the city’s parks and green spaces while also focussing on children, housing, health and wellbeing, and jobs and skills
- The Birmingham District Energy Scheme is the largest low carbon heating network in Birmingham and is owned and operated by ENGIE through a partnership with Birmingham City Council, Aston University, and Birmingham Children’s Hospital under the name of Birmingham District Energy Company (BDEC). BDEC supplies low carbon, low cost energy to major energy consumers across the city centre
- Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) develops affordable social housing in the city. Under the current programme, the BMHT Building Specification includes energy and water saving measures for new developments, and BMHT are also exploring options for using more sustainable construction methods to reduce the impact on the environment.