Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and the youngest city in Europe, with under 25’s accounting for nearly 40% of its population. With over 571 parks, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK and in Europe.


Sustainable and innovation procurement policies and actions

Procurement is a central function within the Council and decisions of procurement are established by the Council Standing Orders. There are around 25 qualified procurement professionals working in the council. A Green Commission was set up as a collaborative structure in the area of procurement and energy.

There are no formal policies on green or sustainable procurement in place yet, but the issue does feature in the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility. This ensures that all contractors working for the City Council have considered sustainability as a bare minimum.

The City is involved in a number of PPI related projects, the most evident being Smart Procurement European Alliance. This project looks at retrofitting municipal buildings with innovative technology.

In relation to sustainability there are a number of initiatives underway, primarily related to transport and energy. These include exploring hydrogen fuelled buses, converting old taxis in order to reduce emissions, and district heat and energy mapping as part of planning for a decentralised energy network.
The annual procurement budget is £2 billion.


Sustainable development projects

Sustainability has been a key issue for the City for a number of years. Birmingham’s Green Commission is tasked by Birmingham City Council to deliver evidence-based advice to the city in order to help it realise its green ambitions. The Green Commission’s Vision, launched in March 2013, establishes a programme of work that aims to make Birmingham a leading green city, by adapting to climate change, reducing carbon emissions and increasing the number of green jobs.

Birmingham has in place a Carbon Roadmap that will ensure the city meets its obligations to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent of 1990 levels by 2027. Its four priority areas are:

  • how Birmingham should be heated and powered in the future;
  • how people travel and get around the city;
  • improving the energy efficiency and affordable warmth of buildings, and
  • creating decarbonised local energy generation capacity.










direct energy use (GWh/year)




CO 2 reduction target by 2027
(compared to 1990)


6 million

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trees grow in the City of Birmingham