Pledge power to help cut city carbon emissions

By on 02/06/2010 in News

People wanting to do their bit to help the environment are being encouraged to make carbon reduction pledges through a city council-backed website.

The site www.birminghamcuttingco2.co.uk has a function that allows visitors to say what they promise to do to ensure their lifestyles are greener - and then calculates the promised action into its CO2 value.

Anyone who lives or works in the city is being encouraged to make a pledge, as the actions, if carried out, will help the city towards its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026, when compared to 1990 levels.

The site is run by the Birmingham Environmental Partnership, which is part of the Be Birmingham local strategic partnership.

The partnership brings together government, business and voluntary sector organisations in Birmingham to work together towards the best possible outcomes for the city's environment.

The Birmingham Cutting CO2 campaign was launched in 2007, and the Birmingham Cutting CO2 website is part of the CRed community – a national project to reduce carbon emissions.

During 2008/09 Birmingham exceeded its CO2 target by saving over 103,000 tonnes. Figures for 2009/10 are due shortly.

Written pledges will also be accepted during the Birmingham Climate Change Festival 2010, being staged primarily in Centenary Square on June 5-7.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Chairman of the Be Birmingham partnership, said: “Whether you live or work in the city or both, the birminghamcuttingco2 website gives you a way to focus your green efforts.

“Everyone has a role to play in cutting carbon emissions and the benefits are huge - saving money on fuel bills and improving the environment in terms of reduced emissions being the most significant.

“It only takes a few minutes to make a pledge and I would encourage people to take a few moments out of their time because the end result is well worth it.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

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

 
2. For more information on Be Birmingham, visit www.bebirmingham.org.uk

 

 
For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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