Today is transport day at COP26, featuring a range of events on the transition to zero emission vehicles. Globally road transport accounts for 17% of emissions, however in Solihull the figure is closer to 39%.
In the fourth episode of the ‘Courts on Climate Change’ podcast series, focus shifts towards future modes of transport and the benefits of investing in high quality public transport. So far the podcasts have highlighted various eco-initiatives taking place right across the borough, from empowering future generations to retrofitting grants for vulnerable households. The latest episode sees Councillor Courts and host David Gregory-Kumar joined by Kim Quazi from Arup, Lead Architect on HS2 Interchange Station.
Episode four explores how the Council is leading on a range of innovative transport solutions such as installing electric vehicle charging points, investing in walking and cycling infrastructure and becoming the first local authority in the country to purchase its own autonomous shuttle.
Featured guest Kim Quazi provides a unique, holistic insight into the new HS2 Interchange Station, which cuts journey times from London to Solihull to just 38 minutes. Both Cllr Courts and Kim recall how the design has evolved to maximise the local benefit for Solihull. Through optimising land use, the station will be the catalyst for 5000 new homes and 70,000 jobs in the area.
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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.”
Thank you to all of our listeners who have tuned in so far, we hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about the individuals and organisations leading the fight against Climate Change here in Solihull during COP26.
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