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Birmingham council pledges to cut bills and carbon emissions by 2027

Council has pledged to take part in new schemes that will see bills lowered considerably over the next few years as well as drastically reduce carbon emissions

New plan aims to drastically increase the city's energy efficiency

New plan aims to drastically increase the city’s energy efficiency

The council said it will be looking to reduce its own energy bills greatly, and is aiming to cut expenditure by 50% within the next five years.

In addition to this, it added that it is looking to drastically cut carbon emissions, as well as bring in measures that would lower energy use – and subsequently bills – for homeowners across the city.

Carbon emissions targeted

By the end of 2027, Birmingham City Council wants to see green energy production expand to the extent that it can bring its carbon emissions down by a full 60%.

The Birmingham Carbon Roadmap, as the plans have been dubbed, has been drawn up by experts from the universities, businesses, community groups and green organisations in order to ensure that the city will meet its targets.

Councillor James McKay, who chaired the green commission, said: “The Carbon Roadmap not only deals with climate change but looks to secure a wealthier and healthier Birmingham, creating jobs and tackling the cost of living crisis.”

Homeowners encouraged to cut usage

Households across the city will be asked to do all they can to cut the amount of energy they use on a daily basis.

In order to help with this, the council plans to extend the take up of cavity wall and loft insulation, newer boilers, double glazing and even solar panels.

The news comes just months after Birmingham showed itself as one of the most forward-thinking councils in the country, revealing plans to create its own energy company to help break the dominance of the big six.

So far this year, residents have had to deal with rises in bills between 2.5% and 10%, with five of the six biggest providers having announced increases.

Council to look in-house

However, it is not just homeowners who are being targeted as a part of this new scheme from the council, with services and transport likely to see costs and emissions cut through the same period.

The document covers transport measures to cut traffic congestion and pollution on the city’s roads, as well as the development and uptake of green technology in industry.

Meanwhile, schools and other local buildings will be recipients of energy-saving measures that will help to lower costs for the council and make the city altogether greener.

Pat Loughlin, of the Midlands Environmental Business Council, added: “This is a landmark for the city and for us. It is about what practical measures can be delivered.”

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