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Birmingham on list of Green Cities

Car Hire Birmingham Airport are a little bit bewildered at news of the city being considered as a green city.

Many outsiders could be forgiven for wondering why Birmingham has been celebrated for its green credentials along with San Francisco, Wellington and Oslo as part of a network of ‘biophilic cities’. More renowned for its great industrial history, Birmingham has become the first British city to be invited to join the ‘biophilic network’. At the centre of the pledge is the link to nature, finding ways to make sure the inner city areas are linked to nature and living organisms.

James McKay, the cabinet member whose portfolio includes green matters, said “We are committed to ensuring our city has a green future. Birmingham stands to gain a great deal, in what we can learn from these global green cities and being invited to join the network confirms we are headed in the right direction.”

The director of the Biophilic Cities network, Tim Beatley was in Birmingham for a conference on urban trees hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and was surprised by how green the city was. Birmingham has developed some ambitious strategies and targets as it aims to make the city as green as possible, last year launching a ‘green vision’ and pledging to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2027 from 1990 levels.