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Solihull showing the way on how to tackle climate change

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In the first nationwide assessment of its kind, Solihull Council has been rated as one of the nation’s highest performing local councils when it comes to having a strong and robust climate action plan in place. Published today by Climate Emergency UK, Solihull Council ranked as 5thout of all 409 local authorities in the UK, and 2ndamongst single tier local authorities.

All of the UK’s local council climate action plans published online before 20 September 2021 (and written after 2015) were assessed by a team of over 120 volunteers, trained and overseen by Climate Emergency UK. The independent organisation exists to support local authorities by providing accessible information about best practice and providing a network where local authorities, activists, NGOs, business and local communities can work together.

As part of the comprehensive assessment, each council was asked 28 questions which included whether local residents are being engaged with, if the actions have clear goals, and whether the plans go beyond cutting down the Council’s own emissions.

Scoring 85%, the Council’s score is almost double the average in the UK which stands at 46%. With impressive scores across the board, Solihull scored maximum marks on communications and engagement. 

You can find out more and  see the league table by going to https://councilclimatescorecards.uk/

Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council and Portfolio Lead for Environment, Energy & HS2 at the West Midlands Combined Authority, said:

“Whilst acutely aware of the challenges Solihull faces, such as the serious flooding that affected residents in Dorridge last year, we’re determined to maximise new opportunities and make sure Solihull plays a leading part in the Green Industrial Revolution taking place across the West Midlands. 

Annie Pickering, Campaigns and Policy Officer at Climate Emergency UK, said: 

“This year’s Scorecards are just the start of the process. It has been an important exercise to understand what makes a good council climate action plan and we hope that it will help councils learn from each other and up their game. A good plan will help a local authority deliver effective actions, while having it easily available on the council website will enable local residents to know what their council has committed to and so hold the council to account.”

Written by: David Watkins

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