International flavour for cities’ climate event

By on 11/12/2009 in News

Councillors and officials from 61 local authorities including Birmingham City Council will gather in Copenhagen for the 'Climate Summit for Mayors', being held alongside the UN Climate Change Conference on December 14-16.

Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley will represent the city at the event, during which he will promote the Birmingham Declaration - a seven point action plan on climate change, agreed by city councillors earlier this month.

From Birmingham to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong to Helsinki and New Delhi to New York City, some of the leading cities that are setting the standard on climate change and sustainability will be present at the two-day summit.

Delegates will take part in a panel discussion on innovative partnerships between cities and private organisations as well as being able to take part in an electric vehicle demonstration event.

Amongst those Cllr Tilsley will be brushing shoulders with are Mayor of London Boris Johnson and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the latter of who will be delivering a keynote speech on day two of the event.

Cllr Tilsley said: “Cities are one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Half the world’s population now live in cities and the number is growing rapidly. Cities such as Birmingham therefore play a crucial role in addressing the climate crisis.

“That is why we have drawn up the Birmingham Declaration, which I believe is a set of aims and objectives that any local authority across Europe or beyond could sign up to as part of their own efforts to tackle climate change.

“The thing that is particularly appealing about the declaration is that it makes both environmental and economic sense because the measures within it can save councils money and could be a catalyst to encourage emerging green industries to flourish. I expect it to be well received when I meet other political leaders from around the world.”


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. A full list of the cities set to be represented at the 'Climate Summit for Mayors' is available upon request.

3. 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.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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  1. Lawrence Baker says:

    Global Warming! Human Trash! The best SCIENCE example that should be the #1 item on the Copenhagen Agenda would be the toxic waste dump, the size of Texas, 900 miles off of the United States and Canadian West Coast.

    Big SCIENCE problem with no dedicated U.S SCIENCE and INNOVATION DEPARTMENT to address the issue. The U.S has not even sent a SCIENCE research vessel to evaluate the ecological disaster. No Profit-No Action!-No SCIENCE! Will the World Trade Organization address the issue?
    Can the problem be solved with science? Probably so, Americans are very ingenious primarily because we were raised with Freedom and Democracy and are free thinking individuals; we could probably figure a way to clean up the mess and possibly make a profit doing so but we can do nothing until we have a DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE that is free to develop and advance SCIENCE.

  2. Rob Ball says:

    I love that the Declaration is so important it can be obtained by applying for it. We don’t want to spoil the story with facts. Forget the substance, Tilsley may meet people who will never have heard of him.