Birmingham reviews carbon reduction goal
Birmingham is reviewing its target to cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026 after an internal review identified a range of concerns.
The council is setting up a ‘green commission’ to examine its plans to cut emissions by 60 per cent against a 1990 benchmark, which applies to the council and the city as a whole.
A key element of the plans is the Birmingham Energy Savers initiative. This was set up by the council and has an initial aim of improving the energy efficiency of 15,000 homes in three years. A partner for the £1.55 billion scheme is expected to be announced in the autumn.
Birmingham’s internal audit team has examined the 60 per cent target and found ‘serious concerns’ with arrangements to ensure the goal can be met.
It also flagged up concerns with the monitoring of progress against the target, which was described as ‘not adequate, appropriate or effective’.
Jamie McKay, cabinet member for a green, safe and smart city, said: ‘Birmingham has made solid progress on the environmental agenda over the last few years but there is a huge question mark hanging over precisely how much of an impact has been made – and if our targets are appropriate or achievable.
‘The council’s new administration is determined to make Birmingham one of the world’s leading green cities.
‘The green commission will draw on people with a variety of knowledge and experience to spearhead this effort, and its first piece of work will be to conduct a stocktake of where we are, so we know what needs to be done, what is achievable and how we get there.’