Birmingham hosted a joint meeting of the EUROCITIES Environment and Mobility Forum on 19-20 March. Councillor James McKay, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, is currently Chair of the EUROCITIES Environment forum.
The topic of the meeting was “Sustainable mobility for cleaner air, less noise, less CO2” and was attended by more than 100 sustainability and transportation experts from around 50 cities across Europe. The programme of the two day meeting included presentations on European funding opportunities, exchanges of good practice, as well as site visits to show delegates how Birmingham is addressing sustainable mobility challenges.
In his conference welcome speech Birmingham City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, who is also a EUROCITIES Secretary, underlined the importance of the Birmingham Mobility Action Plan for a sustainable development of transportation in the city. The Action Plan, which was launched on 1st November last year, plays a major role in the city’s aim to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.