Podcast Series: Courts on Climate Change

To coincide with COP26 taking place in Glasgow, Solihull Council produced its very first podcast series, 'Courts on Climate Change'. The series sheds light on a range of innovative eco-initiatives taking place across the borough, from autonomous vehicles to retrofitting grants for vulnerable households.

Councillor Courts, Leader of Solihull Council is joined by host David Gregory-Kumar from BBC Midlands Today and a range of special guests during the series.

You can listen to the episodes below. Alternatively download the podcast from Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Episode One: Education

Focusing on the work Solihull Council is doing with local schools around climate change and sustainability. Featured guests Birgitta Varga, Eco Leader at Balsall Common Primary School, and Tony Elvin, General Manager at Touchwood, provide their unique insights.

Episode 2: Net Zero

Solihull is aiming to become a 'net zero' borough by 2041. What does this actually mean and how will it be achieved? Why has a leading Solihull business introduced portion control in the staff canteen? Listen to find out more. Featured guests: Simon Redfearn and Russell Hines from ZF Group.

Episode 3: Energy

57% of Solihull's greenhouse gas emissions come energy used in buildings. How do we reduce this? This episode touches on how Solihull Council is tackling fuel poverty and its innovative plans for a low carbon Town Centre Energy Network. Featured guests: Rachel Jones, CEO of Act on Energy and Phil McDermott, City Energy Transformation Lead at E.ON.

Episode 4: Future Transport

What does the future of transport in Solihull look like? Autonomous vehicles, widespread electric vehicle charging points and enhanced cycling infrastructure all have their part to play. Also, hear an exclusive insight on the new HS2 Interchange Station from the Lead Architect, Arup's Kim Quazi.