City 'Slow' at Achieving Climate Change Targets; Business Expert Anxious to See Evidence of Progress

The Birmingham Post (England), January 6, 2009 | Go to article overview

City 'Slow' at Achieving Climate Change Targets; Business Expert Anxious to See Evidence of Progress


Byline: PATRICE JOHN Environment Correspondent

Birmingham City Council must speed up efforts to make the city more sustainable if it is to stand a chance of meeting challenging climate change targets, according to a leading environmental business expert.

CEO of Environmental Business Communications David Middleton likened the council's efforts to those of a supertanker whose rudder had been turned, but was still taking time to change direction.

Writing in today's Birmingham Post he praised the city for its efforts so far but said more needed to be done.

He said: "The trouble with somewhere like Birmingham is it's like as upertanker.

You turn the rudder but it's a long time before the ship turns to its new course.

"As someone who has lived in the city all his life and is as proud a Brummie as anyone, I am delighted to see the commitment of the city fathers to sustainable development.

"I am impatient for change, anxious to see tangible evidence of delivery against statements and barrow-loads of reports, surveys, consultations and the like.

"So to those who have criticised me in the past for criticising the council, this is not criticism. This is a heartfelt plea to accelerate the process of delivery."

Mr Middleton believes Birmingham needs to prepare for the coming energy crunch.

He said: "Our access to energy is now no longer within our own control and globally there is more and more demand for it. …

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