The Azimuth Project
Birmingham (UK) (Rev #14)

Idea

Birmingham has the most detailed analysis of domestic, commercial, industrial and transport carbon reduction measures of any city in the world.

Introduction

Birmingham and the wider urban area has a population of 3 million, an economy worth £50 billion a year and an energy bill of £5.1 billion a year.

Details

In 2013 the city council established a panel, the Birmingham Green Commission, consisting of academics, business people and voluntary sector representatives to report on a comprehensive environmental strategy for the local authority area.

The commission set a target of reducing the Birmingham and wider urban area (BWUA)‘s carbon emissions by 60% by 2027 from a 1990 baseline.

The Green Commission’s analysis was developed into a Carbon Roadmap.

It also mandated regular monitoring of progress, CO2 emissions, the first of which was published in 2014 and commissioned a mini-Stern report on the economics of low carbon strategies for the BWUA.