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Birmingham 2022 unveils plan for first ever carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games

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The chief executive of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham has announced a “carbon-neutral” sustainability strategy – including plans to create 72 new urban forests in the West Midlands.

With 500 days to go until the start of the Games, organisers said the tennis court-sized mini forests and a further 2,022 acres of new woodland would help local people reconnect with nature and offset the event’s carbon footprint.

The Games’ chief Ian Reid said the plans – with Severn Trent becoming the Official Nature and Carbon-Neutral Supporter of Birmingham 2022 – would help deliver the first carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games.

Mr Reid told the PA news agency: “We are delighted to announce with 500 days to go to the Games, that we’re making a significant sustainability pledge.

“We’ve already put a huge amount of work into understanding what our likely carbon footprint is going to be.

“Severn Trent are coming on board into the Games family and they’ll be helping us with a significant and credible local offsetting programme for the carbon that remains in terms of that footprint.

“They’re already looking into a big Commonwealth forest that will be planted in the West Midlands, as well as what we are calling 72 ‘mini forests’ – and linking them up to every competing nation within the Commonwealth.

This marks just the start of our journey to make these Commonwealth Games the most sustainable to date

Mr Reid added that “things worth doing are never easy” but said the strategy was “absolutely the right thing to do”.

“These 72 mini forests will allow us to bring some greenery, some open space… right across the West Midlands,” he said.

“That’s part of the real benefit of this – bringing nature into a lot of city centre sites.

“Our commitment to become the first carbon-neutral Games is a significant one, and this marks just the start of our journey to make these Commonwealth Games the most sustainable to date.”

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