Initiative measures from countrywide councils are playing a vital role in assisting the United Kingdom’s (UK) compliance with European Union (EU) and United Nation (UN) climate change regulations. Birmingham City Council has introduced and implemented its own climate change action plan, recognizing its responsibility for countrywide emission reduction targets.
The Climate Change Action Plan acts as the co-ordination tool to ensure that the city’s responsibilities are implemented in a managed and comprehensive fashion.
The Birminghams’s Action Plan sets out these key priorities, along with ‘Early Actions:’
• Birmingham will become a ‘Low Carbon Transition’ city;
• Improving the energy efficiency of the city’s ‘Homes and Buildings;’
• Reducing the city’s reliance on unsustainable energy through ‘Low Carbon Energy Generation;’
•Reducing the city’s impact on the non-renewable resources through ‘Resource Management;’
• Reducing the environmental impact of the city’s mobility needs through ‘Low Carbon Transport;’
• Ensuring the city is prepared for climate change through ‘Climate Change Adaptation;’
• Ensuring that this action plan ‘Engages with Birmingham Citizens and Businesses.’
The Action Plan will be refreshed on an annual basis and a full review will be commissioned in line with the 5-year national Carbon Budgets timetable.
In response to the Council’s concrete measures, Birmingham, United Kingdom was recognized for excellence in green building city policy. The local council received the World Green Building Council's Inaugural Urban Retrofit Award during the climate change talks in Durban, South Africa.
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