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12 Jul 2011 08:07:11

Birmingham exceeds CO2 reduction target

Birmingham exceeds CO2 reduction target
Birmingham has exceeded its CO2 reduction target, a report verified by the Energy Savings Trust is to reveal this week.

The report is expected to show a 155,059-tonne cut in CO2 emissions, surpassing the 130,000-tonne target set, when it is presented to Birmingham City Council’s Climate Change and Sustainability Cabinet Committee.

Measures taken to achieve the reduction include the installation of energy-efficient lighting at Cadbury's Birmingham site and the NEC, the commencement of a scheme to renovate the city's street lights and the fitting of solar panels on 167 of the Bournville Village Trust's properties.

Deputy leader of Birmingham City Council Paul Tilsley said: "An encouraging point is that the way we capture data means not all carbon reduction activity has been captured by this report. This means the savings in all reality are even higher than announced."

The city is said to be on target to achieve a 60 percent cut on 1990 CO2 levels by 2026.

Meanwhile, prime minister David Cameron recently announced Whitehall had surpassed its ten percent CO2 reduction goal, cutting emissions by 13.8 percent in just one year, with the Department for Education leading the way.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800618349-ADNFCR

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