New podcast episode on Energy


The third episode of Solihull Council’s podcast series ‘Courts on Climate Change’ is now available to stream. The series helps listeners understand what people in Solihull are doing in the fight against climate change and what we can all learn from them.

The podcast ‘Courts on Climate Change’, sheds light on innovative eco-initiatives taking place right across the borough, from autonomous vehicles to retrofitting grants. 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.

Episode Three: ‘Energy’, takes a deep dive into the energy transition taking place across the country. In Solihull, 57% of greenhouse gas emissions come from energy used in buildings. When listening to the podcast you’ll learn about Solihull’s planned Town Centre Energy Network, which will distribute low carbon heat and power from a single energy centre directly into town centre buildings. The Solihull Green Homes Grant also comes up in the conversation. This scheme helps to tackle fuel poverty by offering financial support to low-income households suffering from energy inefficiency.

Featured guests include Rachel Jones, CEO of Act on Energy who offer help and advice on a range of energy related issues. This may include advice on rising fuel bills, how to keep your home warmer, and what retrofitting options are best suited to your home. Phil McDermott, City Energy Transformation Lead at E.ON, also joins the conversation. Delving into the importance of partnerships between cities, local authorities and large organisations, Phil explains how this can improve public health and generate significant employment opportunities.

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You can hear the podcasts series on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

If you prefer you can listen to this episode by clicking on the embedded player on this page.

Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, said:

“When I gave my first talk on climate change 26 years ago, it’s eye-opening to see that much of it still remains relevant today. Hosting the world’s largest climate conference here in the UK is an unprecedented opportunity to agree bold global commitments to tackle climate change. It’s also an incredible chance to get everyone talking about the situation and learning how they can play their part.

“Podcasts are rapidly gaining popularity in the UK, with over 15 million listeners in 2020. What’s great about them is you can listen if you’re on your daily commute, popping out for your daily walk or even by asking your smart speaker to play an episode when you’re washing the dishes. At Solihull Council we’re always looking for new ways to engage with our residents and recording these podcasts has brought to life some of the amazing climate action taking place across our borough. Please do listen, like and subscribe to our podcast.”

The final episode (for now) will be released next week, covering the exciting topic of Future Transport.

If you would like to learn more about what the Council’s is doing to combat climate change and create a more sustainable borough, sign up to receive updates.