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Birmingham’s £15bn carbon bill

Research published this week reveals that the Birmingham and Black Country region must spend up to £15bn to reach its widely publicised target of reducing carbon emissions by 60% by 2026.

In an exclusive interview with NCE University of Leeds professor of sustainability Andy Gouldson said the target was achievable.

“It is quite feasible that they can get to 60% but to get to that they will have to invest between £10bn and £15bn,” he said.

“Some of that would pay for itself but it still involves raising and spending and rolling out that level of investment across housing and transport and industry and buildings,” he added.

Gouldson, who led the work by research organisation Centre for Low Carbon Futures, told NCE that Birmingham was pioneering some major carbon reduction strategies to help it meet its goals. The findings will be revealed at Base Birmingham this week.

It will outline the costs and benefits of all possible carbon reduction savings measures open to the Birmingham and Black Country region. These include the use of biomass boilers, solid wall insulation, efficient heating systems and hybrid vehicles.

  • See this week’s NCE for special report

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