Global approval for climate change plans

By on 15/12/2009 in News

Political leaders from London, Los Angeles and Mexico City today backed Birmingham City Council's vision of electric vehicles being at the heart of the local authority's future transport plans.

The support was offered by the three cities during the Climate Summit for Mayors, being held in Copenhagen as part of the wider UN Climate Change Summit event that is currently being staged in the Danish capital.

Leaders from the three cities endorsed a call by Deputy City Council Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley for cities to join forces to use their bulk purchasing power to help speed up the development of green vehicles - boosting the jobs market in the process.

The idea was initially laid out in the recently approved Birmingham Declaration on Climate Change.

Approved earlier this month, the Declaration states that by 2015 the council will only buy electric or LPG vehicles as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Cllr Tilsley said: “One of our key aims when coming out to Copenhagen was to promote the benefits of the Birmingham Declaration to political leaders from across the globe.

“The benefits to be gained from achieving its goals are huge for the environment, the taxpayer and the jobs market – so it is hugely encouraging that three major cities including this nation's capital through Mayor Boris Johnson agree with what we are doing.

“This underlines our growing reputation as a leader on the issues of climate change and sustainability.”


Notes to editors

1.  The Birmingham Declaration is a seven point list of actions which Birmingham City Council aims to deliver on by 2015 as part of its effort to reinforce the city's position as a national and international leader on the effort to tackle climate change. Copies of the declaration are available upon request.

2. Birmingham has a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2026 when compared to 1990 levels. The city is on track to achieve this goal, with a reduction in CO2 emissions of 103,000 tonnes in 2008/09 alone.

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