Driving the transition to net zero in East Birmingham

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The Birmingham Energy Institute have partnered with Places in Common to produce ‘Strength in Common: A Just Transition and Recovery in a Post-COVID World’ a new approach to driving the transition to net-zero by harnessing the assets of East Birmingham to connect communities and drive the transition to net zero.

The report explores how taking a commons based approach in East Birmingham can drive the system change needed to deliver climate action, economic resilience and recovery in a post-COVID world. The approach ensures the communities in East Birmingham are at the forefront of a just transition to net-zero, prepared and supported to benefit from new employment training and economic opportunities and not left behind.

Strength in Common focuses on harnessing assets in 4 key areas though the establishment of Community Learning Platforms and a suite of Test and Learn projects:

  • Housing retrofit, heat decarbonisation and improving neighbourhoods across the corridor
  • A new economy that reconciles East Birmingham’s industrial past with a green future, regenerates the canal and supports SMEs and community enterprise
  • The Green Way - an accessible and connected green corridor and green mobility hub
  • New skills, employment and learning pathways that connect people of all ages to opportunities arising  from the ne-zero transition and new economy

The report shows how the collaborative partnership of business, academia, government and industry at Tyseley Energy Park is integral to creating new employment and economic opportunities in East Birmingham. The University of Birmingham’s Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre currently being constructed on the site will be central to creating a forum for knowledge sharing and energy research, development and commercialisation, with an incubation hub for green business and technology development.

Report authors Lisa Trickett and Bryan Nott are co-founders of Places in Common, a public policy co-operative working to drive systems change and build and leverage the power of the collective commons.

Lisa Trickett of Places in Common commented on the report:

“East Birmingham’s high levels of poverty and deprivation are well-documented. The lack of employment and employment opportunity are characteristic of the wider disadvantage communities face: poor health and wellbeing; substandard housing and fuel poverty; lack of access to quality green space for recreation, physical activity and commuting.  This report sets out how a common-based approach can address these issues by establishing a set of Community Learning Platforms and Test and Learn projects. It also shows how the University of Birmingham can fulfil its role as the first civic University and drive much needed systems change in the region.”

Download the full report, Strength in Common: A Just Transition and Recovery in a Post-COVID World (PDF 53MB)