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Birmingham City Council is developing a number of policies promoting energy efficient in buildings through the City's emerging Core Strategy (Local Plan). The relevant policies dealing with the proposal are: Sustainable Construction and Low Carbon Energy Generation.

Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. It is the most populous British city outside the capital London with 1,074,300 residents (2011 census), an increase of 96,000 over the previous decade. The city lies within the West Midlands conurbation, the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom with a population of 2,440,986 (2011 census). Its metropolitan area is the United Kingdom's second most populous with 3,683,000 residents.

Today Birmingham is a major international commercial centre, ranked as a beta− world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub. With a GDP of $90bn (2008 estimate, PPP), the economy of the urban area is the second largest in the UK and the 72nd largest in the world. Birmingham's six universities make it the largest centre of higher education in the United Kingdom outside London, and its major cultural institutions, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, enjoy international reputations. The Big City Plan is a large redevelopment plan currently underway in the city centre with the aim of making Birmingham one of the top 20 most liveable cities in the world within 20 years.

 

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In the Birmingham Declaration, Birmingham City Council reaffirms its commitment to tackling climate change and resolves to use its purchasing power and influence as a vehicle to stimulate green initiatives which will provide significant employment opportunities for Birmingham people and reduce the energy bill of all citizens and businesses in the city. With an annual turnover of over £3bn Birmingham City Council has the capacity to lead change and influence markets across the city and the UK. One of the key objectives is that 50% of electricity used by the Council should be generated from renewable sources and; the City Council's energy consumption will be reduced by 25%. Making municipal buildings more energy efficient is an important part of the process and is something that national and local government in the UK is concerned with. This is reinforced in Birmingham’s Council plan for 2010 which states that ‘By 2012, Birmingham will have 9,100 employees working in new or modernised central administration buildings. These buildings will optimise the use of space, reduce maintenance backlogs and incur lower energy costs.’

Birmingham City Council is developing a number of policies promoting energy efficient in buildings through the City's emerging Core Strategy (Local Plan). The relevant policies dealing with the proposal are: Sustainable Construction and Low Carbon Energy Generation.