Green Birmingham welcome at energy event

By on 23/03/2011 in News

A green Birmingham welcome will be given by the city council's Deputy Leader to more than 200 international delegates at the NEC for a conference on March 30.

Cllr Paul Tilsley will open 'Generating the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Society' with a speech in which he is set to outline Birmingham's vision for the future of low carbon transport as the city seeks to reduce CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.

The event is the 7th annual conference on low carbon fuels to be staged by Climate Change Solutions, a not for profit company which aims to bring the public and private sectors together to create innovative ways of helping develop the low carbon economy.

In his speech, Cllr Tilsley, whose portfolio covers climate change and sustainability, will say: “As a city, we have over the last two centuries been instrumental in consuming the planet's natural resources, especially for the carbon dependent fuels automotive manufacturing on which Birmingham's growth has been dependent in the 20th century.

“But as we all know, the global pressures on shared resources are ever-increasing. We cannot go forward as we are.

“One thing is for sure - the price of oil keeps rising and soon we will find we are not going to be able to afford the oil we need to keep going. We have to think seriously about alternative power supplies and conserving the oil that we have.

“Birmingham and this region, therefore believes it has a responsibility to help lead the world into a new low carbon transport revolution.  So this conference is vital in maintaining momentum in the development - and the application - of these technologies.

“And equally vital is the need to accelerate the innovation of the manufacturing processes which are required to produce cheaper, more efficient and viable fuel cells, drive trains and storage systems.”

“We know that Birmingham's overall gas and electricity bill is over £1.6billion each year. An additional £800million is spent on transport fuel.

“We have to plan for energy efficient cities much more forcefully than we have ever done in the past. Fuel cells and hydrogen can play their part in this new future.”

For more information on the event, visit: http://www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk/

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