City joins Branson-backed green scheme

By on 28/04/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council has been named as one of the first wave of local authorities to be included within an international Sir Richard Branson-backed initiative designed to promote business-driven solutions to the issue of climate change.

Green Capital – Global Challenge will be launched during a conference in Washington DC on April 20-22, and its purpose is to get substantial private-sector money quickly flowing into energy efficiency and renewable generation projects in cities that are highly motivated and have the team and plan in place to make it happen.

Birmingham’s involvement - as one of just two UK cities - comes on the back of recent progress including the launch of the city’s Climate Change Action Plan last month, its Green New Deal for the retrofitting of homes (January 2010) and a Declaration on Climate Change (December 2009).

Sandy Taylor, Birmingham City Council’s Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, said: “We are determined to address the issue of climate change and take advantage of the business opportunities that the emerging green sector offers for the city.

“By being part of Green Capital – Global Challenge we hope to open doors and forge new partnerships that will enable us to carry on with the rapid progress we have made to date.”

The other cities set to be involved are Atlanta, Babylon (New York), Burlington (Vermont), Charleston (South Carolina), Chicago, Gainesville (Florida), New York City, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco, Washington D.C., Toronto, Vancouver, London and Copenhagen

For more information on the initiative, visit


Notes to editors

1. A factsheet outlining Birmingham's green credentials is available.

2. A release from the Carbon War Room is also available.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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