New committee to steer climate change progress

By on 21/06/2010 in News

Strategic leadership of Birmingham City Council's effort to deliver on its Climate Change Action Plan is set to be led by a new committee of elected members.

The formation of the Climate Change and Sustainability Cabinet Committee, due for approval on June 28, will offer a boost for the action plan - the council's and Be Birmingham's roadmap for cutting carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.

Led by Cllr Paul Tilsley, the city council's Deputy Leader, the six-member committee will be supported by observers and “critical friends”.

Amongst its roles and responsibilities, the Committee will monitor progress on how the city is cutting Birmingham's total current annual energy bill of over £1.5 billion, and efforts which are being made to make Birmingham greener. The Committee is set to review the Climate Change Action Plan in 2011, 2012 and 2017.

Cllr Tilsley said: “The creation of the Climate Change and Sustainability Cabinet Committee represents another significant landmark on our journey towards making Birmingham green.

“Over the last few years we have made some real progress and are now being recognised as a national and international leader on environmental issues - the committee will give us an even more co-ordinated, strategic and accountable focus to our activities in this field.”

If the formation of the committee is at Cabinet, it is expected that its first meeting will be held on July 20.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Birmingham's target to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent is judged against a baseline of 1990 levels for the city.
2. The membership of the proposed Climate Change and Sustainability Cabinet Committee is:

• Deputy Leader of the Council (as Chairman)
• Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Families
• Cabinet Member for Housing
• Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety
• Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration
• Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture
• Chairman of Co-ordinating Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Observer)
• Leader of Principal Opposition Group (or nominee) (Observer)
• Chairman of Be Birmingham Birmingham Environmental Partnership Executive Board (Observer)
• Foundation Director of Forum for the Future (Observer)

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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  1. Roger Lawrie says:

    Any focus on Climate Change is welcome, especially regarding BCC cutting carbon emissions. Business also has an important role to play, with buildings being responsible for 50% of C02, key points to identify where savings can be made occur when property is marketed and an Energy Performance Certificate is legally required, also EPBD Air conditioning Inspection. Currently two thirds of commercial properties marketed fail to comply. Birmingham Weights & Measures department is responsible for policing this regulation in the city, please can we see a concerted effort to enforce compliance and show landlords etc that energy savings can add to their margin.

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