Birmingham sets out carbon strategy

17th April, 2013

The Birmingham Energy Savers home retrofit programme is set to be accelerated and district energy networks extended across the city, as part of Birmingham City Council’s carbon strategy. The council’s green commission has set out a series of strategic aims, in the run up to publication of a carbon roadmap due in October. The built environment related priority aims of the roadmap are:

  • creation of an energy plan for the city and expansion of new district energy networks in major regeneration and development areas of the city, with these being linked to existing housing
  • continuing the roll-out of the Birmingham Energy Savers programme, and accelerating it
  • creating decarbonised local energy generation capacity by building on the success of existing solar installations, and exploiting the city’s land and building assets to generate renewable energy.
The city has around 408,000 households and estimates it could have around 100,000 solid walled homes. It has the highest domestic building emissions in the UK. Birmingham’s current outline plans for improving its building stock through the green deal and energy company obligation, are forecast to save up to 128KtCO2/year by 2020, and 218KtCO2/year by 2026. Its overall target is a 60% emissions reduction by 2026.

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