Stepping up a gear in Copenhagen

By on 16/12/2009 in News

Birmingham's drive to be at the forefront of environmentally friendly technologies today stepped up a gear during an event at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, took part in the Green Vehicles Parade, which saw a convoy of electric and hybrid machines take a one-mile journey from City Hall to the University of Copenhagen.

A Mitsubushi i-Miev carried Cllr Tilsley and David Miller, Mayor of Toronto, during the parade, which was intended to promote the use of such vehicles on a global basis.

Cllr Tilsley represented England's Core Cities while Mayor Miller attended in his capacity as Chair of the C40 group, which is closely liked to the Clinton Climate Change Initiative – which the Core Cities recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for on a collective basis.

The event also comes just days after 25 i-Mievs were handed over to motorists as part of the CABLED consortium trial which is being run in Birmingham and Coventry as part of the effort to develop such vehicles as a viable form of transport in the future.

Cllr Tilsley said: “The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen as a result of the UN Climate Change Summit, making this event a great platform from which to show Birmingham's commitment to making electric and hybrid vehicles the future of both public and private transport.

“I was honoured to be invited to take part and share a vehicle with Mayor Miller, one of North America's key figures on this agenda.

“We have a lot of good stories on green issues to share with others but Birmingham can still learn from others, so while the parade is not going last that long, I am sure that the dialogue we begin with Toronto will carry on for a long time to come.”


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.

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.

3. Pictures to support this news release can be found at:


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  1. I, Roth says:

    All very good. but where are these vehicles being made. We close a van making plant down and buy foreign again. Great for Birmingham eh.

  2. Jill Chambers says:

    Electric cars run on, yes you guessed it, electricity! Probably generated by dirty coal. 500 electric cars still cause congestion, accidents Etc

    We aren’t Motor City any more, it’s about time the council realised this and invested in decent public transport and cycling facilities.