Action with Local Authorities

The Church of England cooperates with the authorities for the Common Good. Hence it is important for CofE Birmingham to know the climate action plans of the local authorities with which it is linked. Here are two of them:

Group of people holding up a sign that reads 'Birmingham says change the system not the climate

Photo by courtesy of Birmingham Friends of the Earth


On 11 June 2019, the City Council declared a climate emergency and made the commitment to take action to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and limit climate change. The ambition was set for the Council and city to become net zero carbon by 2030, or as soon as possible thereafter as a ‘just transition’ allows - ensuring we protect and bring our communities with us. This is the city’s ‘route to zero’ (R20). The Route to Zero Taskforce was established in 2019 to support the preparation of a Route to Zero Action Plan. As the Action Plan was endorsed by Full Council in January 2021, the taskforce has since been disbanded. As part of a review of the wider Governance arrangements for Route to Zero, it has been agreed that the Taskforce should now transition to a Climate Assembly. Birmingham’s first Climate Assembly, took place online from 4 to 6pm on Wednesday 23 June 2021. Birmingham City Council Website - Climate Emergency


On 8 October 2019, the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council passed a resolution including the statement that it would: “Take action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants from our own activities, buildings, transport, resources and waste, ensuring that we continue to invest in the Borough's natural capital, greening the borough's economy through our local plan and investments - aiming to become net carbon zero, as a Council, by 2030." Climate change and sustainability (