CSE offers £100,000 to support low carbon community projects across Birmingham

14 May 2021

As part of our work supporting the decarbonisation of Birmingham, CSE is offering £100,000 to community groups across Birmingham to support citywide low carbon sustainability projects.

Applications open on 7 June and can focus around a wide range of areas including behaviour change, air pollution, transport, energy and health. Sign up to our newsletter to receive an update when applications are open: www.3dhub.org.uk/contact

Successful projects will support Birmingham’s net zero carbon targets by using data from the 3DHub, our pioneering free platform using local data to understand the needs of communities. The ten winning groups will receive £10,000 each to develop their low carbon projects.

Speaking about the new funding, Bridget Newbury CSE project manager said: “Local people can achieve the most change because they understand their neighbourhood and its residents better than anyone. Our 3D Hub supports this understanding with area-specific data ranging from how many people are in fuel poverty or ill health, to air quality or electric car charging points and more.

"Through this funding competition we’re looking for people with big ideas to create new ways to reduce carbon emissions across Birmingham.”

The 3DHub offers a range of data sets including open data on housing, travel, waste, energy, and emissions. The data includes statistics on regional and sub-regional fuel poverty, air quality, electric car charging points, buildings emissions, cycle routes and more. It's all fully anonymised and meets latest privacy guidance and legislation. This data is specific to the Birmingham region and can be downloaded and used for free.

Successful projects will use data in some way, either by targeting work in specific areas of Birmingham, or by using data to inform projects and engage with communities. Examples could include:

A community energy group wants to install more solar PV
Data from the 3DHub will help identify suitable rooftops using information on energy consumption, rooftop PV potential and conservation areas to identify potential sites and enable a targeted plan to engage with local installers and home owners.

A health charity want to install outdoor gym equipment in parks working with communities with high levels of obesity.
They will use data on air pollution and health outcomes overlaid with green spaces data to identify potential sites for the project.

A foodbank is looking to start some vegetable growing projects for their customers.
They will identify priority areas using data on food emissions and income levels. Potential sites will be identified using data on land use and open space.

Do you have an idea for a project but not sure how data would fit into it? If you would like to find out whether you would be eligible to apply or talk through some project ideas, please do get in touch with us at 3d@cse.org.uk.

This project is proudly supported by Birmingham council’s Route to Zero (R20) Taskforce and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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