Delighted that the #RouteToZero Action Plan was moved at today’s @BhamCityCouncil Full Council meeting. It outlines 7 priorities for becoming carbon neutral by 2030 - new build housing, housing retrofit, transport, electric vehicle charging, waste, energy and environment. (1/11)
NEW BUILD HOUSING: Buildings are the biggest emitters of carbon emissions in Birmingham. Raising standards of all new homes in the city will be an important part of achieving net zero carbon. We will deliver 7,000 environmentally-sustainable social homes by 2031. (2/11)
RETROFIT HOUSING: Refurbishing existing housing with energy efficient solutions will be a significant undertaking. We continue to lobby government for funding and will prioritise thermal efficiency, with the aim of all housing achieving an EPC rating of ‘C’ at a minimum. (3/11)
TRANSPORT: Transport is the second largest emitter of carbon emissions in our city. We will continue to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions by delivering more infrastructure for active travel and investing in sustainable transport. (4/11)
This will all be delivered through the draft Birmingham Transport Plan:<…> (5/11)
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINTS: We have already started to roll-out more than 390 charging points in the city – due to complete in December 2022:<…>. We want to deliver 9,000 more EV charging points by 2030. (6/11)
WASTE: We will develop a Municipal Waste Strategy for the next decade, focusing on maximising recycling and re-use. We will also focus on generating energy from waste, with more than £44 million investment committed to the Energy from Waste Facility at Tyseley Energy Park. (7/11)
ENERGY: The Birmingham District Energy Scheme provides low carbon energy to major consumers in our city centre, and is already delivering huge carbon savings. We are working with @beisgovuk on developing further strategies for heat decarbonisation. (8/11)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT:  We are one of Britain’s greenest cities, investing significantly in environmental projects, parks and green corridors over the next 10 years.  We aim to have minimum 25% tree canopy cover in every Birmingham Neighbourhood by 2030. (9/11)
I am tremendously proud of our progress, but in order to achieve these ambitions we absolutely need more support & resources to ensure that carbon reduction is embedded in everything we do. Failure to do this will be detrimental to our communities and future generations. (10/11)
Climate change is real and time is running out for us to make the vital changes needed to ensure the future of our planet. You can read more about the #RoutetoZero Action Plan here: #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency (11/11)

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