Second podcast episode on Net Zero now available


The second episode of Solihull Council’s podcast series ‘Courts on Climate Change’ is now available to listen to. 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 Two: ‘Net Zero’, centres on Solihull’s ambitious target to become a net zero emission borough by 2041. The term ‘Net Zero’ refers to when the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted is balanced out (or offset) by the carbon that is removed from the atmosphere.

Featured guests include Simon Redfearn and Russell Hines from ZF Group, a leading automotive company who have recently set up a new office and technical centre in Blythe Valley Business Park, Solihull. Both Simon and Russell explain that for their business, becoming more sustainable is not only kinder for the planet, but it’s also brought significant financial savings.

During the conversation, you’ll hear about the Council’s emerging Net Zero Action Plan, which was consulted on earlier this year. You’ll also hear about the innovative energy efficient design of ZF’s new state of the art building and find out why they’ve introduced portion control in their staff canteen!

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

If you prefer you can listen to the first 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.”

Stay tuned for further episodes next week as COP26 kicks off this Sunday in Glasgow.

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