Ten is the magic green number

By on 03/02/2010 in News

A campaign to get local authorities to cut carbon emissions by ten per cent this year has won the backing of Birmingham City Council.

Overall the 10:10 campaign has the support of 125 councils, which serve 21.4 million people within the UK.

Designed as a way to kick-start the move away from fossil fuel use, the initiative also complements The Birmingham Declaration, a seven-point “quick win” plan to cut the city's own carbon emissions between now and 2015, which was approved by council in December 2009.

Other organisations signed up to the campaign apart from councils include Sony UK, Royal Mail and T-Mobile.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is a genuine heavyweight when it comes to the sustainability agenda, meaning we fully support 10:10, which aims to make a rapid short-term cut in carbon emissions.

“We have our own longer-term goal here in Birmingham to cut CO2 by 60 per cent by 2026 (when compared to 1990 levels), which we are firmly on track to meet and I hope that by being part of this wider network we can gain even more information on how we can make the city an even green place to live.”

For more information on the 10:10 campaign, visit www.1010uk.org

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Notes to editors

1. Details on Birmingham's green credentials can be found in a factsheet.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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